BOOKENDS OF OLD TESTAMENT ETHICS: THE FIRST AND TENTH COMMANDMENTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY

Hendrik Bosman

Abstract


The final position of the tenth commandment might suggest that it is intended as the
climactic statement of a series of ‘ten words’ and is linked to the first commandment to
form an inclusio. While the first commandment insists that there is no other God and that
this is rooted in an internal posture; so too the tenth commandment is opposed to an inner
attitude of self-interest that could influence and precipitate actions that violate one of the
preceding commandments.

Keywords


Old Testament Ethics; Decalogue; First Commandment; Tenth Commandment

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/106-0-150

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