RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 457770069 LA English T1 The Ten Commandments : how our most ancient moral text can renew modern life A1 Hazony, David., PB Scribner PP New York YR 2010 SN 9781416562351 1416562354 9781416562405 1416562400 AB Journalist and philosopher David Hazony offers a new look at our most venerable moral text. Combining a fresh reading of the Old Testament's most riveting stories and ancient rabbinic legends with an exploration of what ails society today, Hazony shows that the Ten Commandments are not just a set of obscure laws but encapsulate a deeply valuable approach to life, as relevant now as it was when they first appeared more than two millennia ago. He begins with a daring claim: Although they have become a universally recognizable symbol of biblically based religion, they are not, strictly speaking, a religious text. Rather than making a statement about faith or mystical realms inaccessible to reason, they contain a coherent prescription for how to make a better world. At their core stands what Hazony calls the "spirit of redemption," which he describes as one of the two basic spiritual components of Western civilization--From publisher description.