How Should We Number the 10 Commandments?

The 10 Commandments were written in stone, and they still are on monuments around the world. And in this case, the medium is a message: commandments chiseled in stone are supposed to be permanent, unchanging.

So it may come as a surprise that Jewish tradition and various Christian traditions don’t all see the 10 Commandments the same way: they number them differently. If you’re going to teach or preach on those commandments, as I have done, you’re going to have to wrestle with the different numbering systems. You may end up concluding that your tradition was right all along. Or you might be persuaded by an alternate view. Either way, you’ll be forced to ask important questions about the meaning and structure of what Deuteronomy calls literally the “ten words.”

When the time comes in your own hermeneutical life to study these all-important commandments, you will definitely want to use the Counting the 10 Commandments interactive tool. Check it out:

The Counting the 10 Commandments interactive tool comes with every Logos 6 base package. Get yours today.

See other interactive learning tools at the Logos Pro page, and the very newest tools in Logos Now.

Written by
Mark Ward

Mark Ward (PhD, Bob Jones University) is Senior Editor for Digital Content at Word by Word, the official Logos blog. He is the author of several books and textbooks including Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption (BJU Press, 2016), Basics for a Biblical Worldview (BJU Press, 2021), and Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible (Lexham Press, 2018), which became a Faithlife infotainment documentary. He is also a host for Logos Live and is an active YouTuber.

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