The Ten Commandments
The decades-long controversy involving Alabama Judge Roy Moore and the courtroom display of the Ten Commandments drew national attention from the media and sparked renewed interest in issues of church and state and in the commandments themselves. In this seminar, discussions will focus on the two versions of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, their literary setting in the Old Testament and historical significance in ancient Israel, the relationship of these commandments to the U.S. Constitution and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, and some ways these commandments are being adapted and applied to contemporary situations.
Bill Urbrock (Ph.D., Harvard) is honorary Rosebush Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Religions at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Long active in the Society of Biblical Literature, he has published articles in scholarly journals and conducted many courses, seminars, and lecture series for a variety of civic and educational groups, including Björklunden.
Optional text: "The Ten Commandments and Human Rights" by Walter Harrelson.