|Publication Date: 20 Apr 2017|
|Page Count: 240|
|Author: David L Baker|
|ISBN-13: 9781783595501, 9781783595518|
What is the Decalogue? (Shape, form, origin, purpose)
Loving God (1 - 5: loving God, worship, reverence, rest, family)
Loving neighbour (6 - 10: life, marriage, property, truth, coveting)
The Decalogue Today
I grew up in a generation of children required to memorize and recite the Ten Commandments by heart. They set the shape of accepted Christian ethics. Later, I visited many churches with the Ten Commandments inscribed on the walls but lacking the vital context of the opening affirmation of God's redeeming grace: 'I am the LORD your God who brought you up out of the house of bondage'—law without gospel. David Baker's timely book challenges us to reconsider the foundational place of the Decalogue in Christian personal and public ethics. But he is also careful to note the context—both the biblical context of God's people's obedience as a grateful response to saving grace, and the surrounding context of Ancient Near Eastern cultures and laws, for helpful comparison and contrast. The result is a richly rewarding textbook, surveying the field of biblical scholarship comprehensively but with a light touch, drawing together many threads in wider biblical theology, and reflecting on the relevance of the Ten Commandments in contemporary church and society.
David Baker is someone who knows the Old Testament, knows the Ancient Near East, and knows the scholarly literature, and his study of the Ten Commandments is clear, thorough, wide ranging, and knowledgeable. Further, if you ever want to read anything else, the footnotes and the bibliography are a treasury.
An enjoyable read