Centre for Reception History of the Bible
The Influence of the Decalogue: Historical, Theological and Cultural Perspectives
16th - 17th April, 2012
Trinity College, Oxford
The Decalogue, the Ten Commandments or the “Ten Words”, as they are called in Hebrew, have constantly been received, taught, and transformed over two and a half millennia, not
only in religious catechesis and exegetical interpretation, but also in art, music, film,
philosophy, and in the history of law. The two tablets of the law have become a fundamental
religious icon in both Judaism and Christianity. The Decalogue certainly is one of the most
intensely used texts in world history. Yet, no attempt has been made to systematically
consider the history of its influence. We are delighted, therefore, to invite you to an
interdisciplinary conference, with eighteen international speakers, with this aim.
The conference is being organised by Dr Dominik Markl SJ (Heythrop College, London) and
Dr Christine Joynes (Centre for Reception History of the Bible, University of Oxford).