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The Ten Commandments: A Guide to the Perfect Law of Liberty

ISBN: 9781683593553


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Do You Believe?

You know them. But do you understand them?

The Ten Commandments have become so familiar to us that we don’t think about what they actually mean. They’ve been used by Christians throughout history as the basis for worship, confessions, prayer, even civil law.

Are these ancient words still relevant for us today? Their outward simplicity hides their inward complexity. Jesus himself sums up the entire law in a pair of commandments: Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Peter Leithart re-introduces the Ten Commandments. He shows us how they address every arena of human life, giving us a portrait of life under the lordship of Jesus, who is the heart and soul of the commandments.


Praise for The Ten Commandments

This little gem of a book is the best introduction to the Ten Commandments I have yet come across. I learned something new on almost every page.

—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, author of Biblical Authority after Babel

Peter Leithart mines the riches of the biblical tradition to show us the way to true freedom.

–R. R. Reno, editor of First Things

Here is a treatment that looks to Jesus as the heart and soul of the Ten Words.

–Hans Boersma, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, author of Scripture as Real Presence

This meditation on the Ten Words will richly reward every Christian reader's attention.

–Alan Jacobs, Baylor University, author of How to Think

The Ten Commandments seem like an ancient relic, but Leithart shows their modern relevance.

–Patrick Schreiner, Western Seminary, author of The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross

Christian Essentials

The Christian Essentials series passes down tradition that matters. The ancient church was founded on basic biblical teachings and practices like the Ten Commandments, baptism, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Prayer, and corporate worship. These basics of the Christian life have sustained and nurtured every generation of the faithful—from the apostles to today. The books in the Christian Essentials series open up the meaning of the foundations of our faith.

Learn more about the other titles in this series.


  • Father To Son
  • Two Tables
  • No Gods Before Me
  • No Graven Images
  • Bearing The Name
  • Commemorate Sabbath
  • Command With Promise
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill
  • Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
  • Thou Shalt Not Steal

Product Details

  • Title: The Ten Commandments: A Guide to the Perfect Law of Liberty
  • Author: Peter J. Leithart
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Page Count: 144
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 5x7
  • ISBN: 9781683593553

Peter J. Leithart (born 1959) is an American author, minister, theologian and senior fellow of theology and literature as well as dean of graduate studies at New Saint Andrews College and holds a doctorate from Cambridge University. He was selected by the Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education to be one of the organization’s 2010–2012 Lecturers. He is the author of commentaries on the Book of Kings and the Book of Samuel, as well as a Survey of the Old Testament.

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