[b-hebrew] Re: stuma in Deut 5,21

Deborah Millier deborahmillier at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 2 20:57:32 EST 2004

Karl Randolph wrote:

> What I noticed is that 
> those verses mention 
> the ten statements of 
> the covenant, not ten 
> commands. 

Okay, in that case, there don’t exist ten
“commandments” at all.  Ten “utterances” or “matters,”
yes.  But *commandments*, no.  

It might be popular Christian (or even Jewish) belief
that there were "ten commandments."  However, such a
view does not exist among those better informed. 

> As a legal document, the 
> covenant has its first 
> statement identifying the 
> parties to it. Then I read 
> this particular legal 
> document as having nine 
> commands following its 
> introductory statement.

. . .Which was uniformly classified within the Torah
as “MYRBDH TR&(“ (ASERET HADVARIM)—with the number
“ten” receiving prominence.  Therefore any stabs at
*nine* (by you or anyone else) are inorganic to the
text(s) of the Torah. 

-- Michael Millier

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