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The Ten Commandments: A Short History of an Ancient Text Hardcover – 3 Jun 2014


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Coogan is interested in the commandments not only as an ancient text but as a living, social one, and enjoys grappling with the issues that surround them today as much as he does providing historical background. Legislators, particularly, should read this book, before they try to mount tablets on the courthouse steps. Nicholas Mancuso, "The Daily Beast"--Nicholas Mancuso "The Daily Beast ""

[An] engrossing and enlightening guide. Ray Olson, "Booklist"--Ray Olson "Booklist ""

"Coogan is interested in the commandments not only as an ancient text but as a living, social one, and enjoys grappling with the issues that surround them today as much as he does providing historical background. Legislators, particularly, should read this book, before they try to mount tablets on the courthouse steps."--Nicholas Mancuso, The Daily Beast--Nicholas Mancuso "The Daily Beast "

"[An] engrossing and enlightening guide."--Ray Olson, Booklist--Ray Olson "Booklist "

"Coogan offers a nice, concise history of the Ten Commandments, in which he shows the development of the text itself, drawing on earlier legal codes which appear to have influenced them. He takes the reader through the code itself, comparing and contrasting the three versions in the OT."--Paul Mueller, Religious Studies Review--Paul Mueller"Religious Studies Review" (03/01/2015)

About the Author

Michael Coogan is director of publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum, lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School, editor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, and author of God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. He lives in Concord, MA.


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