A Short History of the Ten Commandments

Sponsored by Harvard Semitic Museum and Harvard Divinity School

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Yenching Auditorium
2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Free Public Lecture by Michael Coogan, Harvard Divinity School

The Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible have become a focal point in contemporary culture wars. When and how, among all the laws reportedly given on Mount Sinai, did the Decalogue become such a privileged and authoritative text? Are all of its specific dos and don'ts still valid? Drawing on biblical and nonbiblical sources, Michael Coogan, Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at HDS, will consider ancient and modern understandings of these iconic words, along with their observance and nonobservance, by both Jews and Christians throughout the ages.

Reception and book signing to follow!

Alethia Williams

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