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First Tablet of the Commandments

The first five commandments are a triple paradox about Jewish-Christian relations. The first paradox indicates a similar and important impact on the two communities. The second paradox is that Jews tend to see the text as debatable and arguable, while Christians see the text as authoritative. The third paradox, however, involves looking at these issues from the broader background of Christian-Jewish relations to affirm the distinctiveness of each tradition while affirming that each can help the other to further maturity.

145 pages | 6 x 9

Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion

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Table of Contents

Tablet I — The Divine Relationship: Commandments 1-5
Chapter I: Commandment One: "I am YHWH your God . . . " (Ex 20:1-2)
Chapter II: Commandment Two: "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. . . " (Ex 20:3-6)
Chapter III: Commandment Three: "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of YHWH your God. . ." (Ex 20:7)
Chapter IV: Commandment Four: "Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy . . . " (Ex 20:8-11)
Chapter V: Commandment Five: "Honor your father and your mother . . ." (Ex 20:12)
Conclusion:  The Ten Words for Jews and Christians

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