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It’s the time of year when top-10 lists abound. They’re nothing new—in fact, if you consider the well-known injunctions not to kill or steal that are part of the Decalogue, you’ll see top-10 lists have been around for millennia. But though old, the Ten Commandments are hardly out of date. So argues journalist David Hazony in his new book The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life.

In conversation with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry, Hazony warns against dismissing these ancient pronouncements as simple or obvious. Rather, he says, they are worthy of study, and of being followed—even the one about not coveting our neighbor’s ox. [Running time: 20:26.]