The Institutes of Biblical Law

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The Institutes of Biblical Law
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Author Rousas John Rushdoony
Subject Theonomy
Publisher The Craig Press
Publication date
Pages 890

The Institutes of Biblical Law is a book by Rousas John Rushdoony, published in 1973. It is the first volume of a three-volume work, also referred to by the same title, which is modeled after Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion.

The Institutes of Biblical Law expounds the Ten Commandments, adopting a theonomic perspective. John Frame notes that the major thesis of the book is that "almost all of the Old Testament civil law is literally normative for civil governments today."[1]

The Institutes of Biblical Law is a major work in Christian Reconstructionism. It provides an outline of a program for establishing a Christian theocracy.[2] Joe Bageant suggests that if the United States experiences a fourth "Great Awakening", historians may one day "document it as beginning in 1973 with the publication of R. J. Rushdoony's seminal The Institutes of Biblical Law."[3]


  1. ^ Frame, John (1976). "The Institutes of Biblical Law: A Review Article". WTJ. 38 (2): 200–201. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Chapman, Roger; Waskey, Andrew J. (2009). Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices, Volume 1. M.E.Sharpe. p. 90. ISBN 978-0765617613. 
  3. ^ Bageant, Joe (2007). Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War. p. 189. 

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