In Old Testament scholarship, there is a general recognition of the unique importance of the Decalogue in Israel's understanding of her relationship with God. The article states that the last six commandments are in themselves not at all unique. Is there significance in the explicit listing of these otherwise very general moral obligations at the foundation of the nation as the covenant people of Yahweh? To address this, the article discusses the social background of the fifth commandment through the seventh commandment.
Source: Tyndale Bulletin, 1979. 24 pages.