Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life” as Want to Read:
The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life

by
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Across the Western world, the Ten Commandments have become a source of inspiration and controversy, whether in court rulings, in film and literature, or as a religious icon gracing houses of worship of every denomination. But what do they really mean?

According to polls, less than half of all Americans can even name more than four of them. For most of us, agnostics and fa
...more
Audio CD, 0 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Ten Commandments, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Ten Commandments

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 70)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Vimal Kodai
“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 ...more
Simcha Wood
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 b
...more
jeand99
Sep 18, 2013 jeand99 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 "
...more
Myev
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 ...more
Carl
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 particularl
...more
Janice
Mar 04, 2014 Janice marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Mentioned on webinar list for New England United Methodist Conference 3/4/14
Tawn Gorbutt
I only give five stars to books that change the way I think...or that I think should change my life. This is one.
Mindy Blackstock
Truly an inspiring book about how to incorporate the values of the Ten Commandments into our everyday lives.
Maggie
Maggie marked it as to-read
Sep 25, 2014
Tom Pasmore
Tom Pasmore marked it as to-read
Oct 14, 2014
Jess
Jess marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2014
Toni
Toni marked it as to-read
Mar 16, 2014
Aquila
Aquila added it
Dec 03, 2013
Maria Dicarlo
Maria Dicarlo marked it as to-read
Nov 11, 2013
The night gazer nomad
The night gazer nomad marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2013
Doreen Ogo
Doreen Ogo marked it as to-read
May 23, 2013
Pam Trefftzs
Pam Trefftzs marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2013
Rev.lazarus Konda
Rev.lazarus Konda marked it as to-read
Apr 14, 2013
Archana Saxena
Archana Saxena marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2013
J. Alexis
J. Alexis marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
3170584
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: http://bit.ly/cy5lkB

David's writings have appeared in The New Republic, Commentary, the Forward, CNN.com, the Jewish Chronicle, The New York Sun, Policy Review, the Jerusalem Post, and othe
...more
More about David Hazony...
New Essays on Zionism What the Bible Really Says about Peace Mel Gibson's Breach of Faith The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life Does Archaeology Prove the Bible?

Share This Book