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date: 26 June 2022

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Although phrased in semi-legal apodictic style, the Decalogue is not a legal code per se but more of a covenant document, which defines the borders of affiliation between the Israelite people and their God. The following discussion highlights the significance and uniqueness of the Decalogue, surveys the different methodological approaches to its study, and focuses on but two major angles within the broad study of the Decalogue, the theological and ideological scope of the first five commandments, and the place the Decalogue captures within the biblical corpus from the very first stages of the history of its reception.

Keywords: Decalogue, Sinai event, Exodus, Deuteronomy, inner-biblical interpretation, law and narrative, Covenant Code, legal codes, covenant, liturgy

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