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Weekend Reading: How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments

July 29, 2011

How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments (2007, P&R Publishing) is a relatively short, highly readable interpretation and application of the Ten Commandments as listed in Exodus 20.

I recently did some teaching on the Ten Commandments. I had previously read Words from the Fire by Albert Mohler, but I wanted some additional resources to help. One of the books I chose was How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments by Edmund P. Clowney. I was not sure what to expect as I had never read anything by this author. Clowney’s work was one of the most helpful things I read during this time. This is especially true for the first half of the book.

Clowney is clearly a biblical scholar, and it shows in his work, but he does not write in an academic style. His writing is much more pastoral. It is technically accurate without becoming technical. His focus is on explaining each commandment then applying it to real life. Unfortunately, this is a step left out by many teachers.

Personally, I found the earlier chapters more helpful than the later ones. The later ones were not bad, just not as clear and applicable. This is a good resource that I would recommend for anyone interested in how the Old Testament law fits into New Testament Christianity.

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