Review of Rushdoony’s Institutes of Biblical Law

 It convincingly argues that the Decalogue was by no means “nailed to the cross,” but is still God’s unchangeable moral law for all people of all religions and for all times. His detailed discussion of the binding nature of the law in the case of the woman taken in adultery (John 8), for example, is superb.

A most thought-provoking feature of the book is the author’s constant incorporation of almost all the Mosaic laws into his New Testament program by subsuming them under the various branches of the Decalogue. Thus the jubilee (Lev. 25) is again advocated in terms of the fourth commandment; the condemnation of the state’s eminent domain (Exo. 19) in terms of the eight commandment; and trial by ordeal (Num. 5) in terms of the nineth commandment.