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Decalogue in Greek means ten words. Some scholars think that the Decalogue began as a list of very short moral sayings that existed long before the Bible time of Moses. This lesson presents two understandings of the Decalogue. A biblical view is followed by a scholarly view. Students read through Decalogue versions that are found in Exodus chapters 20 and 34, Leviticus chapter 19, and Deuteronomy chapter 5. They trace these commandment ideas as they are found in the New Testament. This study sets the stage for discussions about whether highly edited lists of the Ten Commandments should be endorsed by local, state, or national governments, including postings in public schools. The study consists of a student text that can be easily duplicated, a footnoted teachers edition of the text, a source analysis section, an activities for teachers and students sheet, an appendix on "The Religion of Zoroaster," and a 17-item bibliography. (BT)

Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Historical Interpretation, Moral Issues, Religion Studies, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Thematic Approach

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Author: Abrahamson, Brant; Smith, Frederick C.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5646&id=ED443755



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