The Ten Commandments Paperback

A Short History of an Ancient Text

by Michael Coogan;

0Stock available


Free UK delivery when you spend £10 or more

Price and Purchase

Offer price: £19.25 Free UK Delivery
Go to Basket We accept VISA, Mastercard, Paypal and Buy Now Pay Later

If you're buying for a church, school or business, why not Buy Now Pay Later?

Find Out More

The Ten Commandments

Full Product Description

In this lively and provocative book, Michael Coogan guides readers into the ancient past to examine the iconic Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue. How, among all the laws reportedly given on Mount Sinai, did the Ten Commandments become the Ten Commandments? When did that happen? There are several versions of the Decalogue in the Old Testament, so how have different groups determined which is the most authoritative? Why were different versions created? Coogan discusses the meanings the Ten Commandments had for audiences in biblical times and observes that the form of the ten proscriptions and prohibitions was not fixed--as one would expect since they were purported to have come directly from God--nor were the Commandments always strictly observed. In later times as well, Jews and especially Christians ignored and even rejected some of the prohibitions, although the New Testament clearly acknowledges the special status of the Ten Commandments. Today it is plain that some of the values enshrined in the Decalogue are no longer defensible, such as the ownership of slaves and the labeling of women as men's property.
Yet in line with biblical precedents, the author concludes that while a literal observance of the Ten Commandments is misguided, some of their underlying ideals remain valid in a modern context.

The Ten Commandments by Michael Coogan was published by Yale University Press in June 2015 and is our 50401st best seller. The ISBN for The Ten Commandments is 9780300212501.

Reviews of The Ten Commandments

Customer reviews and testimonials Write a review

Product Q&A

Got a question? No problem! Just click here to ask us about The Ten Commandments.

Related Departments

This product is also listed in the following departments:


Details for The Ten Commandments

Page last updated 24th December 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherYale University Press (June 2015)
Editionannotated edition
Number of Pages192
Thickness13 mm
Height203 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4311725
Eden is an accredited Living Wage employer