How Should We Number the 10 Commandments?

Ten 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.

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  1. Just tried the video and it wouldn't play in Chrome or Edge on Windows 10 :(

  2. Tried the video on my iPad with the same lack of success

  3. Lionel B. Dyck says

    The link to the video is not working on my desktop using chrome or edge and also fails on my ipad. Please advise

  4. Lionel B. Dyck says
  5. Tyler Smith says

    Corrected the video above. Sorry for the confusion!