Third Sunday of Lent
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The Exodus scripture for Sunday is the first listing of the Ten Commandments.
Did you know?
Some scholars date the Ten Commandments between the 16th and 13th centuries BCE because Exodus and Deuteronomy connect the Ten Commandments with Moses and the Sinai Covenant between Yahweh and Israel.
Because they may be part of a summary of prophetic teachings, the Ten Commandments may have been written after the OT prophecies of Amos and Hosea (after 750 BCE) or even later.
The Ten Commandments contain little that was new to the ancient world and reflect a morality common to the ancient Middle East. They are a description of the conditions accepted by the community of Israel in its relationship to Yahweh.
Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Ten Commandments”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 20 Nov. 2020, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ten-Commandments. Accessed 6 March 2021.