Joint Liturgical Studies
Joint Liturgical Studies offers a valuable contribution to the
study of liturgy. Each issue considers a particular aspect of
liturgical development, such as the origins of the Roman rite,
Anglican Orders, welcoming the Baptised, and Anglican Missals. It
is aimed at all with an academic interest in worship.
It is published twice a year in partnership with the Alcuin
Club, which promotes the study of Christian liturgy, and the Group
for Renewal of Worship (GROW).
Volume 82: The Decalogue in the Reformation
The Ten Commandments, regularly called the Decalogue, derive
from the account in the book of Exodus of Moses bringing the tables
of the Law down from Mount Sinai. They were reaffirmed and deeply
applied by Jesus, not least in his Sermon on the Mount. They thus
became part of the Christian inheritance for the next 1,500 years,
but, as this Study shows, were rarely if ever prominent as a major
source for teaching or morality.
The Reformation saw a great change in the Decalogue's standing.
Lutherans, Reformed and Anglicans alike saw it as of central
importance in the lives of their congregations, and in different
ways gave it that central place in their catechisms, their
liturgies and the ornamentation of their buildings. Anglicans in
particular can today find the Commandments continued from the
Reformation in their 1662 Book of Common Prayer, in both the
communion service and the catechism. In the 16th and 17th centuries
they were inscribed in central place on the walls of church
buildings, in many of which they remain to this day. This Study
brings into view the different ways in which the Decalogue impacted
the very beginnings of the separate denominational lives of the
various Protestant Churches during the Reformation.
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