Shelf Life Book Review: The Ten Commandments

Stephen M. Vantassel

The Ten Commandments: Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church Westminster John Knox Press, 2009 (Interpretation Series)

Patrick D. Miller’s volume is essentially a biblical theology of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. He avoids getting sidetracked with nuanced debates by concentrating on the meaning of the commandments.

Miller reviews how other passages are informed by the commandments. Although most of the book concentrates on Old Testament examples, Miller also explains how the New Testament writers picked up on commandment themes. His discussion of how the commandments intersected with the person and work of Jesus Christ makes the work a worthwhile purchase by itself.

Miller does not draw concrete applications of the Ten Commandments. Nevertheless, anyone interested in the commandments should read this volume. It is enriching and challenging.