Moses carried two tablets of stone "written with the finger of God" down from Mt. Sinai. Hazony clarifies anew the centuries-old wisdom in each of these 10 statements of God's revealed will for human society, outlining what they say about integrity, the family, life, property, sacredness, community, and more. 352 pages, hardcover. Scribner.
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Date:September 30, 2010
I loved this book fell in love with it right away. Hazonys voice is easy to read and his chapters break down easily as he takes each commandment a chapter at a time. Not only does he give you a clear understanding of each commandment, but he takes it a few more steps how the Hebrews would have understood them in history, how they often are observed today and what the deeper thought is behind each one.The 1o Commandments is neither an archaic remnant of a dead past nor an arbitrary set of laws handed down to a hundred generations of hungry supplicants and rebellious fools. The commandments represent rather, a whole attitude to life, one that recognizes both the weaknesses and the unfathomable potential of humanity a worldview that has largely been forgotten, but has a great deal to offer everyone of us today. (page 2)As I read, I was quickly underlining whole sections knowing full well I was coming back. Hazony argues that out of all the scriptures the 10 commandments were understood by the Hebrews as the core not only of faith, but of moral wisdom as well. Simply put, it is the most important text ever given to man. (page 17)This is a great book if you would like a little Hebrew scholarship in your life. Each chapter is filled with rabbinical quotes and history that you just cant get from Christian authors or your local church. For instance, did you know that Mount Sinai was neither the highest nor the lowest mountain i n the region, but in fact a medium sized one, symbolizing the average person to whom the the 10 commandments were addressed. ~ Sota 5AI loved this book and know for certain I will go back to it time and time again for reference and inspiration.