You know them. But do you understand them?
The Ten Commandments have become so familiar to us that we don’t think about what they actually mean. They’ve been used by Christians throughout history as the basis for worship, confessions, prayer, even civil law.
Are these ancient words still relevant for us today? Their outward simplicity hides their inward complexity. Jesus himself sums up the entire law in a pair of commandments: Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Peter Leithart re-introduces the Ten Commandments. He shows us how they address every arena of human life, giving us a portrait of life under the lordship of Jesus, who is the heart and soul of the commandments.
This little gem of a book is the best introduction to the Ten Commandments I have yet come across. I learned something new on almost every page.
—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, author of Biblical Authority after Babel
Peter Leithart mines the riches of the biblical tradition to show us the way to true freedom.
–R. R. Reno, editor of First Things
Here is a treatment that looks to Jesus as the heart and soul of the Ten Words.
–Hans Boersma, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, author of Scripture as Real Presence
This meditation on the Ten Words will richly reward every Christian reader's attention.
–Alan Jacobs, Baylor University, author of How to Think
The Ten Commandments seem like an ancient relic, but Leithart shows their modern relevance.
–Patrick Schreiner, Western Seminary, author of The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross
The Christian Essentials series passes down tradition that matters. The ancient church was founded on basic biblical teachings and practices like the Ten Commandments, baptism, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Prayer, and corporate worship. These basics of the Christian life have sustained and nurtured every generation of the faithful—from the apostles to today. The books in the Christian Essentials series open up the meaning of the foundations of our faith.
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Peter J. Leithart is President of the Theopolis Institute (theopolisinstitute.com), a Christian study center and leadership training institute in Birmingham, Alabama.