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The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life By David Hazony The Ten Commandments How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life ACROSS THE WESTERN WORLD the Ten Commandments have become a source of both inspiration and controversy whether in Supreme Court rulings in film and literature or as a religious icon gracing houses
  • Title: The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life
  • Author: David Hazony
  • ISBN: 9781416562351
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life By David Hazony ACROSS THE WESTERN WORLD, the Ten Commandments have become a source of both inspiration and controversy, whether in Supreme Court rulings, in film and literature, or as a religious icon gracing houses of worship of every Christian and Jewish denomination But what do the commandments really stand for According to polls, less than half of all Americans can even name tACROSS THE WESTERN WORLD, the Ten Commandments have become a source of both inspiration and controversy, whether in Supreme Court rulings, in film and literature, or as a religious icon gracing houses of worship of every Christian and Jewish denomination But what do the commandments really stand for According to polls, less than half of all Americans can even name than four of them Fewer still can name all ten, or have a clear idea of the ideals they were meant to promote For most of us, agnostics and faithful alike, they have been relegated to the level of a symbol, and the teachings they contain are all but forgotten In Western life today, the Ten Commandments are everywhere except where we need them most In The Ten Commandments, David Hazony offers a powerful new look at our most venerable moral text Combining a fresh reading of the Old Testament s most riveting stories and ancient rabbinic legends with a fearless exploration of what ails society today, Hazony shows that the Ten Commandments are not just a set of obscure laws but encapsulate a deeply valuable approach to life one that is as relevant now as it was when they first appeared than two millennia ago The Ten Commandments begins with a daring claim Although they have become a universally recognizable symbol of biblically based religion, they are not, strictly speaking, a religious text Rather than making a statement about faith or mystical realms inaccessible to reason, they contain a coherent prescription for how to make a better world At their core stands what Hazony calls the spirit of redemption, which he describes as one of the two basic spiritual components of Western civilization While the Greeks gave us the spirit of reason, teaching that we should be free to explore and express our views, the spirit of redemption teaches that every individual can, and should, act to improve the world This spirit reached us from ancient Israel, in the form of the Hebrew Bible, and has stood at the heart of the most important social movements in our history Going through the commandments one by one, Hazony shows how each represents a poignant declaration about honesty, the self, life, love, freedom, community, and inner peace Each commandment, we discover, adds another piece to the puzzle of how the redemptive spirit may enter our lives and help us become caring, world changing individuals Part memoir, part scholarship, part manifesto for a vital approach to life, The Ten Commandments tackles some of the most painful human questions that stand at the heart of who we are as modern, thinking people and offers answers that are sure to start a new discussion about the meaning of one of our most enduring, yet least understood, traditions.
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    1. David Hazony

      David Hazony is the author of The Ten Commandments How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life Scribner, 2010 , which was a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award To order, click here bit cy5lkB David s writings have appeared in The New Republic, Commentary, the Forward, CNN, the Jewish Chronicle, The New York Sun, Policy Review, the Jerusalem Post, and others He blogs regularly at Contentions, the blog of Commentary Magazine From 2004 2007, Hazony served as editor in chief of Azure, the quarterly journal of Jewish public thought published by the Shalem Center He completed his PhD at Hebrew University in Jewish Philosophy, and has focused his research on the thought of Eliezer Berkovits, including two major essays on his thought, and editing two volumes of Berkovits writings Hazony also translated Emunah Elon s novel If You Awaken Love, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2007.In 2013, Hazony relocated to Washington, DC, where he edits The Tower, a blog and online magazine covering Israel and the Middle East It is published by The Israel Project, where Hazony also serves as Managing Director.

    570 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life”

    1. I can appreciate this Jewish author s work on the commandments from a moral viewpoint I tend to view the Old Testament through of a spiritual lens than he does, but there were plenty of good bits to chew on.


    2. I have often been curious about how Jewish tradition interprets the Old Testament This book is definitely rooted in the Jewish tradition The term Judaeo Christian tradition often is used to paper over the fact that we have very different ways of reading the old testament and very different ways of looking at God One example that really stood out for me was the section on the commandment You shall not commit adultery The author here makes the case that the highest kind of love is love between a m [...]


    3. NON READ BOOK REVIEW Letter to writer David Hazony.Dear David,Let me first say this I do understand the reason why you wrote this book I do appreciate your project I do understand your win But I don t comprehend my win and why this book is urgent for me to read and re think etc now.1 You wrote Ten ideas constitute a worldview that has not been articulated before Title of your book is THE TEN COMMANDMENTS How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life Your claim of most ancient moral text [...]


    4. The Ten Commandments By David Hazony is a very realistic, traditional, but, truly modern book that addresses Moses ten Laws factually Hazony takes ideal measures while handling each of the ten verses of the commandments as fragments of human beings versatile measures which should be taken with due regards to respect, integrity, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, lust, violence, falsehood, adultery, poverty and treason The format of the writing which the author uses to address the Ten Comman [...]


    5. David Hazony s The Ten Commandments is a solid exploration of ways in which the devarim are particularly relevant to the modern world Though written from a Jewish perspective, the lessons Hazony draws from his subject are fairly ecumenical and will likely resonate for many across the religious and secular spectrum This is, however, part of the book s weakness as well, in that much of the material is presented at a level of abstraction that robs it of a real spiritual or intellectual heft.The boo [...]


    6. I am only on chapter 5 of an obvious 10 and I adore this book There are so many truly awful books on this important subject Dr Laura springs to mind As a progressive but observant reform Jew, I feel that most texts on the 10 commandments either side step the difficult issue of what do we do with a God who gives utterances which is a far better translation of the Hebrew or they march in lock step to the simple drum beat of fundamentalism This book walks a careful elegant line between scholarship [...]


    7. A very well written, interesting, and instructive book The author starts from the Ten Commandments and uses them as a base to explore or touch on the whole Bible, rabbinic lore, Mark Twain, C.S Lewis, on and on Each Commandment gets its own essay.His interpretations of the few lines of the Commandments are thought provoking, but sometimes too inventive for me He reminded me of reading G.K.Chesterton so smooth that he can make you think that white is black and black is white I particularly disagr [...]


    8. I only give five stars to books that change the way I thinkor that I think should change my life This is one.



    9. Truly an inspiring book about how to incorporate the values of the Ten Commandments into our everyday lives.


    10. Instructive, but it sure makes understanding the Ten Commandments a complicated affair I d have to read it two or three times to really absorb it all.


    11. Outstanding in depth analysis of the deeper and often surprising meaning of the Ten Commandments Good shul reading.


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