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The Decalogue and its Cultural Influence
Edited by Dominik Markl

‘Reception history is one of the most inviting, yet also one of the most difficult, fields in the study of the Bible today. It is difficult because it involves so many layers of expertise. The reception-historian does not only need a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the biblical text itself, but also familiarity with the cultures and intellectual background of the many diverse ages in which it has been read and appropriated; and in addition needs to be versed in media other than writing, including the visual and performing arts.

But it is inviting because it carries its practitioners so far beyond the confines of ordinary textual study, with its concern for language and text, and out into an ocean of interdisciplinary engagement with writings that have, after all, stimulated the imaginations as well as the intellects of generations of religious (and non-religious) readers. The Decalogue is an obvious candidate for a reception-historical treatment. It has acquired over the centuries an enormous weight of commentary, and has been assimilated into the most varied cultures. Though a text, it has often also been an icon, appearing on walls in churches and now even in American courthouses. The subject was ripe for study, and the conference at which the papers in this book were delivered marked a significant milestone in biblical reception history’ (from John Barton’s Preface to the volume).

The 21 papers in this volume offer the richest and most wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection of studies on the reception of the Decalogue in culture, and will prove to be a fundamental resource for students of the biblical text and of the reception of the Bible in general.


Dominik Markl teaches Hebrew Bible at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 58
978-1-909697-06-5 hardback
Publication September 2013

Contents
John Barton
Preface

Dominik Markl
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Decalogue’s Cultural Radiance


PART ONE: ANTIQUITY – BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS AND EARLY DEVELOPMENTS

1. Dominik Markl
The Ten Words Revealed and Revised:
The Origins of Law and Legal Hermeneutics in the Pentateuch

2. Innocent Himbaza
The Reception History of the Decalogue through Early Translations:
The Case of Septuagint, Peshitta and Targums

3. J. Cornelis de Vos
The Decalogue in Pseudo-Phocylides and Syriac Menander:
‘Unwritten Laws’ or Decalogue Reception?

4. Hermut Löhr
The Decalogue in the New Testament Apocrypha: A Preliminary Overview and Some Examples


PART TWO: MIDDLE AGES – LITURGY, HOMILY AND THEOLOGY

5. Miguel Lluch Baixauli
The Decalogue in Western Theology from the Church Fathers to the Thirteenth Century

6. Ruth Langer
The Decalogue in Jewish Liturgy

7. Aaron J Kleist
Vernacular Treatments of the Ten Commandments in Anglo-Saxon England

8. Ralph Lee
The Ten Commandments in the Ethiopic Tradition

9. Randall B. Smith
Thomas Aquinas on the Ten Commandments and the Natural Law


PART THREE: WORLDWIDE DISSEMINATION IN EARLY MODERN CATECHISMS AND CATECHESIS

10. Ian Green
The Dissemination of the Decalogue in English and Lay Responses to its Promotion in Early Modern English Protestantism

11. Jonathan Willis
Repurposing the Decalogue in Reformation England

12. Hans-Jürgen Fraas
The Reception of the Decalogue in the Protestant Catechisms

13. James F. Keenan
The Decalogue and the Moral Manual Tradition: From Trent to Vatican II

14. Luis Resines
The Decalogue in American Catechisms of the Sixteenth Century

15. Veronika Thum
The Decalogue in Late Medieval and Early Modern Imagery: Catechetical Purpose and Theological Implications


PART FOUR: INTERPRETATIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE EIGHTEENTH TO TWENTY-FIRST CENTURIES

16. Christopher Rowland
‘The Law of Ten Commandments’: William Blake and the Decalogue

17. Luciane Beduschi
Joseph Haydn’s Die heiligen zehn Gebote als Canons and Sigismund Neukomm’s Das Gesetz des alten Bundes, oder die Gesetzgebung auf Sinaï: Exemplification of Changes in Musical Settings of the Ten Commandments during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

18. Gerhard Lauer
The Law and the Artist in the Age of Extremes: On Thomas Mann’s Das Gesetz

19. David J.A. Clines
The Decalogue: The Scholarly Tradition Critiqued

20. Lloyd Baugh
The Reception of the Decalogue in Film: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue

21. Steven Wilf
The Ten Commandments and the Problem of Legal Transplants in Contemporary America