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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919

Abstract

AUFFRET, Pierre. Étude structurelle du Décalogue selon Ex 20, 2-17. Old testam. essays [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.3, pp.816-824. ISSN 2312-3621.

The author resumes a structural analysis of the Decalogue as it is found in Exod 20, while taking into consideration the proposals made by Claude Wiener, André Wénin and Roland Meynet. The investigation is undertaken as methodically as possible, that is to say, first investigating the structure of each unit on its own and then, little by little, that of the whole composition. The result reveals that the text is organised concentrically around the commandment about the Sabbath, thus in the form of a chiastic arrangement where the central terms are taken from the two branches of the commandment about the Sabbath. This reveals more clearly the importance of the fundamental relationship between the commandments and what motivates them.

Keywords : Exodus; Decalogue; Sabbath.

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