Mount and Mountain, Volume One

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Mount and Mountain, Volume One

A Reverend and a Rabbi Talk about the Ten Commandments

by Michael Smith and Rami Shapiro

Regular Price: $15.00
Paperback | 144 Pages

Old Testament / Jewish Sacred Writings
ISBN: 978-1-57312-612-0

Brief Description

A reverend and a rabbi start a blog… (stop us if you’ve heard this one before). As it happens, not long ago Baptist minister Michael Smith and Jewish rabbi Rami M. Shapiro actually did initiate the blog conversation “Mount and Mountain.” The blog recorded a long-running dialogue between Mike and Rami in which the pair interpreted, argued about, and interrogated two key texts drawn from the canons of their respective religions: the Ten Commandments from the Torah, and the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

This book, focused on the Ten Commandments, represents the first half of that dialogue. In Mount and Mountain, Volume One, Mike and Rami discuss the nature of divinity, the power of faith, and the necessity of doubt. From the beauty of myth and story to the achievements, failings, and future of religion, above all they both wrestle with the struggle to live ethically and in harmony with the way of God.

Reading along, we are invited to take part, to add our own voices and experience to the task of interpretation, and to craft our own meanings from the text of Exodus. And if, as readers, we take that text in our own directions, we move toward a richer understanding not only of Scripture but also of God and godliness.

About the Authors

Reverend Michael Smith is a pastor, editor and writer. He serves as senior pastor of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, Knoxville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Belmont University (BA) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv.; PhD). He is active in Baptist life at the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves as a trustee of Belmont University and a member of the Consultation on the Common Text.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD is adjunct professor of Religion at Middle Tennessee State University and the director of Wisdom House at Scarritt-Bennett, an interfaith center in Nashville. Author of more than twenty books, Rami also writes the regular column “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” for Spirituality & Health magazine. He can be reached via his website, via his website,

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note
A Note on the Translation
First Thoughts: An Introduction
Chapter 1: First Commandment (Exodus 20:2)
Chapter 2: Second Commandment (Exodus 20:3-6)
Chapter 3: Third Commandment (Exodus 20:7)
Chapter 4: Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)
Chapter 5: Fifth Commandment (Exodus 20:12)
Chapter 6: Sixth Commandment (Exodus 20:13)
Chapter 7: Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:13)
Chapter 8: Eighth Commandment (Exodus 20:13)
Chapter 9: Ninth Commandment (Exodus 20:13)
Chapter 10: Tenth Commandment (Exodus 20:14)

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