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Posted by Richard Ruquist on June 12, 2000 11:25:07 UTC

The following was deemed too controversal to be discussed in my hometown`s forum. But it seems appropriate here. The scientific aspect of it is that it seems that one set of ten commandments was meant for Christians and another for Jews, some hundreds of years before the Christian faith came into existence. Is there another explanation for the existence of two different sets of ten commandmnets?

the laws were handed directly
down from G-d to Moses), seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt. Shavout
- David


Perhaps you could help me with my confusion concerning the First Commandment.
Baptized and confirmed as a christian, I had learned that the first
commandment of Moses was "Thou shall have no other gods before me". Yet when
later on I went to temple with my Jewish wife, I heard the first commendment
to be " Hear O` Israel, the lord thy god is one. Thou shall love the lord thy
god with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy (Might/Mind, the
translation is not clear), and you shall do it in the morning, and at
night....and while walking by the way..." (which I observe religiously being a

Then I recalled that Jesus had said that the greatest commandment was that you
shall love god, presumably confirming the jewish rendition of the ten

So to find out the truth, I read the bible. And I came across two sets of ten
commandments, the first of the first saying, "have no other gods before me"
and the first of the second saying, "Hear O Israel..." So my confusion was
only compounded, and still is.

Why are there two sets of different ten commandments? They say more or less
the samething, but examined closely as religious people have a tendency to do,
they convey a slightly different message and emphasis.
But basically, why two.

Could the Christians claim that God obviously knew that they would come into
existence hundreds of years later and in some sense become primary? Hence, the
first set would be specifically for them, as seems to be the case. And god
ensured that the second set would be specifically for those who remained
Jewish by directly addressing the second set to Israel.

This whole subject may be too controversal for these pages. But on the
anniversary of origin of the Ten Commandments, perhaps a discussion of the
most profound, shared Judio-Christian article of faith is appropriate.

Always alarming,

the Allarum Drummer

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