On The Division Of The Decalogue by Charles Schaeffer

“After the Israelites had reached the wilderness of Sinai, Moses informed them that it was the purpose of God to come down upon mount Sinai in the sight of all, and make a covenant with his people. On the third day the people met with God, and heard his voice which proceeded from the fire, the cloud and the thick darkness…

“The Lord wrote the words which he had pronounced, on two tables of stone, and delivered them to Moses. These “words” constituted the basis of the covenant which God made with Israel, and their eminent rank was demonstrated by the circumstance that they alone were graven by Jehovah upon the two tables of the testimony (Exod. 32:15,16)…”


Charles Frederick Schaeffer (1807-1879) was a leader in the formation of the conservative and Confessional General Council of the Lutheran Church. His father and four of his brothers were Lutheran ministers. Charles was ordained in 1829 and served pastorates at Carlisle, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Lancaster, OH, Red Hook, NY, and Easton, PA. As professor he taught theology at Capitol University, Columbus, at the General Synod Seminary at Gettysburg, and finally at the General Council Seminary at Philadelphia, where he also was President.


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  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2020
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0
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