A. J. Mattill, Jr.
Mattill received his B.A. from the University of Chicago; his B.D. from Evangelical Theological Seminary; and his Ph. D. in Biblical Studies and Theology at Vanderbilt University. He has taught at Berry College, Livingstone College, and Winebrenner Theological Seminary. He has written many articles and several books on the Bible. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Biblical Literature, Free Inquiry, and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
Those who advocate displaying the decalogue in classrooms, courtrooms, and public parks assert that the Ten Commandments are a declaration of fundamental principles that are the cornerstones of a fair and just society. But a careful study of the Bible indicates that it isn't as simple as that; there are many questions that would need to be answered before it could be decided which version and which interpretation--if any--should be displayed.
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