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Commandments, the Ten
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The “ten words” (our “Decalogue”) is a term used in the ОТ to describe a group of divine commandments written down by Moses on the occasion of the theophany in the desert. In Deuteronomy the term clearly refers to the ten commandments of Horeb (4:13; 10:4), which are quoted at 5:6–21'; they are written on tables of stone and preserved in the ark of the covenant (10:6; 31:26; cf. 1 Kg 8:9). In Exod 34:28 the “ten words” seem at first sight to refer to the short code of laws given in the preceding…

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Henri Cazelles, “Commandments, the Ten”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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