The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code by Dennis Prager [REVIEW]

SYNOPSIS

The most important words ever written are the Ten Commandments. These words changed the world when they were first presented at Mt. Sinai to Israelites, and they are changing it now. They are the foundation stones of Western Civilization.

Given their staggering importance, you would think that all societies, and certainly our educational and religious institutions, would be intent on studying them closely. Sadly, this is not the case. Our schools ignore them and our churches and synagogues take them for granted. But here’s a simple test: Who among us can even name all of the Ten Commandments? And even among those who can name them, how many can explain them in a way that makes sense to the modern eye and ear?

If you are a person of faith, this book will strengthen it; if you are agnostic it will force you to rethink your doubts; if you’re atheist, it will test your convictions. For people who have thought little about the Ten Commandments, as well as for those who have a sophisticated understanding of them, it will be a revelation.

That’s a lot to ask of a little book, but the only thing that’s little here is the length. The ideas are very big.

REVIEW

As I’ve stated in other recent posts, God showed me early on that I will be spending the majority of my time in the Old Testament this year.

It was no surprise to me when we began studying Exodus in Sunday School. Other than the Bible, our main text has been The Rational Bible: Exodus (also by Dennis Prager). I will publish a review on that book at a later date.

This little book focuses specifically on the Ten Commandments. Each chapter/commandment ends with discussion questions and room to journal. This book would be good as a stand-alone study or in conjunction with other materials.

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