The Cartoon Ten Commandments
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Joseph: A Tale of Two Traditions

The Cartoon Ten Commandments
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Joseph: a Tale of Two Traditions
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The Cartoon Ten Commandments

The intent of this book is to convey the meaning of the Ten Commandments (a.k.a., the decalogue) to children, youth and adults. Each chapter is divided into two parts: 1) Basic Meaning and 2) Further Meaning.

Basic meaning is just that - a clear and simple explanation of the commandment. It is at the level that children will understand, yet also provide a good introduction to the Further Meaning section for youth and adults. The Further Meaning section goes into more depth on each commandment. It is aimed at providing more insight and historical context to the commandments in a straight-forward manner that youth and adults can appreciate. There is a cartoon for each part as well.

While I have no choice but to write from a Christian perspective (looking back based on the teachings of Jesus), it is important to understand the Ten Commandments in their original, Israelite context (looking forward based on teachings of Moses). I make a deliberate attempt to separate the two perspectives so that Jewish and Christian readers will appreciate the commentary.

ISBN 978-0-9702244-2-2

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 Joseph: A Tale of Two Traditions

Perhaps one of the best opportunities to look at two faith traditions through the eyes of one common story is that of Joseph. The purpose of this analysis is to provide a general comparison between the Joseph story from the book of Genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Koran (or Qur’an).

These stories were recorded several centuries apart and yet they are strikingly similar accounts. The Joseph Parallel section provides a study aid for examining the two texts side-by-side. The accounts are kept in their original order and divided by story element (pericope) to use in conjunction with this analysis for verse references and exact textual reference. In creating the parallel it became very clear that the overall plot and sequence of events are almost identical. But a direct textual comparison yields many significant differences.

Similarities and differences reveal aspects of Judaism (and indirectly Christianity) and Islam that create opportunities for increased understanding of these faith traditions and dialogue.

ISBN 978-0-9702244-7-7

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