I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Everyone should indulge himself or herself by reading Meredith Kline’s rich article “The Two Tablets of the Covenant,” from a 1960 edition of The Westminster Theological Journal.

Although the article has a great number of insights, one that was especially penetrating for me was the idea that the Ten Words, in their entirety, were inscribed on both of the tablets. Here is an excerpt from p. 139.

“These considerations point to the conclusion that each table
was complete in itself. The two tables were duplicate copies
of the covenant. And the correctness of this interpretation is
decisively confirmed by the fact that it was normal procedure
in establishing suzerainty covenants to prepare duplicate
copies of the treaty text.”

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