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Decalogue
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1. The Decalogue (Greek for “ten words”) has come down to us in the OT in two places: Exod. 20:2–17 and Deut. 5:6–21. It has often been called the classic Decalogue, as distinct from the ethical, or Elohistic, Decalogue in Exod. 34:10–26. In both books the Decalogue shows itself to be an independent entity. This is especially clear in exodus, for the preceding verses in Exodus 19 do not prepare the ground for it, nor do the succeeding verses in 20:18–21 relate to it. They form a transition instead to the Book of the Covenant that follows. In virtue of the location of the Decalogue in Exodus 20, it is…

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Boecker, Hans Jochen, “Decalogue”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D78>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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