New Feature: Commandments of the Law (Interactive)

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Jacob Cerone | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, May 18 2015 3:48 PM

What is it?

The Commandments of the Law interactive allows you to group the 613 mitzvoth commandments into various categories (State, People, Category, etc.) and track down a specific type of law or discover laws that address a particular topic. Example: Find all the food prohibitions in the Torah then sort them by topic like goats, birds, or yeast.

How does it work?

Browse all 613 mitzvot commandments the use the filter options in the left pane to sort and find laws by type, category, place, people, thing, or theme.

What can I do with it?

You can discover all of the laws that speak to a specific topic, like yeast, or find laws that are grouped into a particular category, like food prohibitions. With this interactive users can search the commandments in the Torah like never before then discover information about a particular law like who the law applies to, its literary type, and more.

Where can I learn more?

Watch it in action here. https://logos.wistia.com/medias/323ejaxk6g
Logos.com/Features#LogosNow
https://www.logos.com/product/51519/commandments-of-the-law

 

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Rick Brannan (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 7 2015 10:10 AM

I'm not sure I saw this mentioned elsewhere: The latest version of Commandments of the Law (a Logos Now interactive, updated with 6.4) now includes Judaica references in the detail view:

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 7 2015 10:40 AM

Rick, this is great. Clicking on P98 that is not shown as a link in blue or without an arrow indicating there is more information is not very intuitive or consistent with the program. Perhaps a suggestion to provide some way of knowing this information is available would be in order.

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 8 2015 12:22 AM

Rick Brannan (Faithlife):

The latest version of Commandments of the Law (a Logos Now interactive, updated with 6.4) now includes Judaica references in the detail view

Thanks! Very useful!

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 6 2015 4:45 AM

Is there any way to search this interactive? Looking through all the different categories on the left is quite time consuming.

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Jacob Cerone | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 6 2015 7:46 AM

At the moment, there isn't. But I will pass this message along as a suggestion to make it searchable.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 6 2015 7:54 AM

Makes me wonder whether the same principles that have been used to identify commandments in the Law could be used in the NT. I am not sure what these are. Are they inclusions from narratives (e.g., Numbers). Where my question is going of course is interest in seeing something of the kind done for the NT. 

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Jacob Cerone | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 6 2015 8:03 AM

Jacob Cerone:

At the moment, there isn't. But I will pass this message along as a suggestion to make it searchable.

To clarify my earlier comment: Some aspects of the interactive are searchable such as Places, Things, Themes, Literary Types but not within the confines of this interactive. (The search would apply to the biblical texts as a whole, unless of course you limit the reference range of your search.) So, for instance, you can search for {Section <LiteraryType Law, Apodictic>} which will return more results than just those references from the 613 Megiloth. 

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Victor Ulloa M. | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 27 2016 7:36 PM

Hi, Rick.  I like to know which criteria is used to classify a commandment as applicable or not applicable today.

Are there practical or doctrinal considerations?

Regards,

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 27 2016 8:13 PM

From the "about" documentation of the interactive itself:

The mitzvoth numbering, state (positive or negative), and associated Bible references are derived from a comparison of available web sources for the mitzvoth (see Web Sites for the Mitzvoth below). These were compared with the references from Maimonides (see Printed Sources for the Mitzvoth below). Mitzvoth group labels, commandment titles, and applicability values are taken from Maimonides and from Chafetz Chayim. These were further enhanced with parallel references taken from Jeffrey Glen Jackson's Synopsis of the Old Testament.

People, places, things, literary types, and themes data is based on existing analyses available in Logos Bible Software.

About Applicability

There are 60 Positive Commandments and 200 Negative Commandments that are noted as Applicable Today. The notion of “applicability” is tricky, but according to Chavel, the applicable positive commands are “commandments which a Jew in the ordinary course of life has always the opportunity to fulfil” (Chavel 2:348). The list of applicable positive commandments was prepared by Maimonides himself (Chavel 2:350). Similarly, there are negative commandments which may not be possible to fulfil. One example is N13, which involves abstaining from placing an Asherah pole in the sanctuary of the Temple. It is no less true, but as there is no sanctuary there is no way to fulfil the commandment. In other words, there is no way to not do it. Maimonides did not provide this list, it comes from the “Sefer Ha-Mitzvoth Hakotzer” (Chavel 2:350–351).

An additional list of 23 Positive Commandments that are applicable today “under certain circumstances” comes from Chafetz Chayim (Chavel 2:349). Because these applicable positive commandments do not source from Maimonides, they are listed separately.

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Victor Ulloa M. | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 28 2016 5:00 AM

Thank you very much, M.J; you opened my eyes to the "About" section in this and other resources!!

And about the question, the key is that applicability concept here is from a Jew perspective... that clarifies a lot to me for the purpose of my current study...

Thank you again,

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