Sunday, January 24, 2010

Faith Tidbit #28

Different Judeo-Christian traditions reckon the Ten Commandments differently. For example, Lutherans and others see Exodus 20:3-6 (also Deuteronomy 5:6-10) as a single command prohibiting the worship of anyone or anything but God. Other Christian groups divide these verses into two commandments, one prohibiting idolatry and the other proscribing the creation of statues or objects to be worshiped. Lutherans and others split the proscriptions against covetousness as they appear in Deuteronomy 5:21, into two commandments, while other Christian traditions see the verse presenting a single command. Judaism refers to the commandments as Aseret ha-Dibrot. If you ask how many commandments there are and how they should be reckoned, my answer will be, "Yes."

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