Fox, Robin
January 2006
Society;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p8
Academic Journal
The article discusses the issue of which version of the so-called Ten Commandments should be displayed in public buildings, granting that such displaying would be allowed by courts in the U.S. This issue stems from the fact that in the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament part of the Bible there are two versions of the Ten Commandments. The first version can be found in chapter 20 and the second one can be found in chapter 34. The chapter 20 version is decidedly moralistic and universal and which was destroyed by Moses when he threw it upon seeing that the Israelites have made a golden calf as their god during his absence, while the chapter 34 version is evidently ritualistic and tribal and which was commissioned by God as replacement for the original Ten Commandments which Moses had destroyed. Anthropology can help settle the issue while scholars still debate it.


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