ThM Special Lecture

The Insignia of Covenant: Why Did Israel Need Two Stone Tablets for the Decalogue?


February 2021
2.00 -4.00 PM

Online English lecture

Consecutive interpretation into Mandarin. Registrants will receive a link a few days before the lecture.

Admission is free. Registration is required.

Have you ever wondered

why the Israelites needed two tablets of the Decalogue? 

Why they had to be stone tablets? 

And why they were stored in the Holy of Holies in the Temple, inaccessible to human eyes? 

This presentation will try to answer these and other questions relating to the icons of Israelite faith and spiritual health.


Professor Daniel I. Block

Gunther H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School

Professor Block joined Wheaton College in 2005 as Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament till his retirement in January 2017.

Educational and research background:

  • Post-doctoral studies at Cambridge Univ., Cambridge, UK (2002, 2010, 2016);
  • DPhil in Semitics and Classical Hebrew, Univ. of Liverpool, England (1982)
  • MA in Biblical Studies—Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois (1973)
  • BA in History, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1969)


Registration deadline: 27 Jan 2021

English (UK)

Professor Block joined Wheaton College in 2005 as Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament till his retirement in January 2017.

Before joining Wheaton College, Professor Block’s professional experiences included the following:

  • John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (1995–2005);

  • Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota (1983–95);

  • Professor of Old Testament, Providence College and Seminary, Otterburne, Manitoba(1973–83).

In recent years, he has given lectures and taught internationally in countries such as Canada, England, Denmark, China, Greece, Colombia (USA), Singapore, Kenya, Russia and Australia. He lectures and preaches frequently at Bible conferences and spiritual retreats, often focusing either on making the Old Testament live for Christians today or recovering a biblical theology of worship for the church. His passion for the Kingdom of God is also reflected in his commitment to the local church.

Professor Block is the author of more than 180 scholarly essays and numerous popular
articles on biblical texts and subjects. His most recent major publications include

  • The Triumph of Grace: Literary and Theological Studies in Deuteronomy and Deuteronomic
    Themes (Wipf & Stock, 2017);

  • Commentary on the book of Ruth, Ruth: The King is Coming; Zondervan, 2015); and

  • For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship (2014).

His current project on Covenant: God’s Grand Plan of Redemption in Scripture is scheduled for publication in spring, 2021. He also serves as senior editor for the new Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament. Previously he had played a major role in the production of The New Living Translation of the Bible (2004), serving as General Reviewer for Genesis-Deuteronomy and advisor on the book of Ezekiel. He is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Institute of Biblical Research, where he also served as president from 2001–2006.

He and Ellen (who is a native Saskatchewanian) have been blessedly married for 54 years. They have two married adult children, a daughter Jonelle, and a son Jason, and six delightful grandchildren.