Talk:Ten Commandments

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42 laws of Ma'at[edit]

There are various things on the web (low level bloggery and new age sites) comparing the ten commandments with ancient Egypt's 42 laws of Ma'at.[1][2] Is there anything in this or is it New Age hogwash? Real first name and last initial (talk) 19:31, 29 September 2010 (UTC

Year old, but I'll comment. It is what you make of it. Maat 42 laws are 42 laws. the 10 commandments are 10 commandments. certainly, the idea of a list of critical laws came from outside of israel, but there is no reason to assume that maat's laws have jack shit to do with 10C directly.Pink mowse.pngEn attendant Godot 15:22, 4 September 2011 (UTC)


I have cut the following sentence from the end of here as it seems to make no sense.

  • Specifically it allows the room for "treating all gods in a stringently equal manner", which usually renders polytheism impractical based on a logic similar to the polygamy in Islam.

If I'm wrong no doubt somebody will put it back.--BobSpring is sprung! 11:15, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

Well, I suppose it's an attempt to read the text in a literal manner (if all gods are exactly equal, none others can be before you, they are all besides you). Another such attempt would be, we can have no other gods before you, but we can have other gods after you. I think this sort of overly literal reading of the text is possibly a bit silly, even if amusing; we should try to interpret texts based on what their original authors are likely to have meant by them, not based on what amusing wordplay we can devise. (((Zack Martin))) 11:48, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
It is likely, and frankly, proven that the people who wrote teh ten C were not monotheistic. that is a very likely reason the first is written as it is. "no other gods" as opposed to "no idols" or "no fake gods". which has nothing to do with the line Bob cut, of course. Pink mowse.pngEn attendant Godot 15:24, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

good article - silver at least[edit]

i read through this again, and between the presentation, the facts, and the goat, it's quite good. can I nominate it for at least a silver brain?Pink mowse.pngEn attendant Godot 15:33, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

mabe add a list[edit]

Or two: 1. List of actions now legal which would be outlawed if the 10 commandments were signed into law

    a) choose your own religion
    b) criticize your parents's belief
    c) find somebody other than your spouse attracive
    d) want a new laptop (or any other gadget your neighbour has and you don't)


2. List of actions now illegal which would become legal if the 10 commandments were signed into law

    a) rape
    b) torture
    c) bribery
    d) extortion


I understand the first list. I'm not sure the second works. Not even the OT has the Ten C as the only laws. Of course if you include all the laws then you would have to add eating shrimp to the first list.--Weirdstuff (talk) 21:14, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Various equivocation/reductio ad absurdum statements[edit]

If we take the definition of "work" to be from physics, commandment number 4 decrees that we can't move at all during the sabbath.

Why should 10 Commandments form the base of modern law?[edit]

I mean that they are 3,000+ years old and should have no effect today. What's with the marriage of church and state? LlamaPastor31 (talk) 00:51, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

Well obviously they should not have any effect today. Sadly some fruitcakes think they should - that's rather the point of the article.--Bob"I think you'll find it's more complicated than that." 20:14, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Taah. LlamaPastor31 (discuss) 23:07, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

The Search For the 'Handwriting of Elohim'

Why are so many fundamentalists interested in funding expeditions to find Noah's Ark but none, as far as I can find out, have ever funded an expedition to find the most important archaeological find ever -- the original ten commandments, written by the hand of god, proving, at one fell swoop the authenticity of the bible, the proof of the stories of the Exodus, and the proof of the 'revelation' of the Hebrew scriptures. Surely stone tablets created by 'god himself' would be more durable than a wooden ark, and even though they were blasphemously broken by Moses, the pieces would still be where Moses left them. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs


If you deride the gods of another religion are you committing blasphemy? Can women covet another woman's husband?

Most people can probably accept some variant on 'Respect the Deity, other people's Deities 9and viewpoints), other people and the rest of the universe and the inhabitants thereof and objects therein (animal, vegetable, the planet...).'

And 'Thou shalt not covet ...' can be a warning against jealousy/envy and an inducement to be magnanimous. (talk) 18:46, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

Violation of Human Rights[edit]

How would the Sabbath be a Violation of Human Rights? To say that means you do not have property rights. Being the owner of property means you have the right to keep people off of it or from working on it. When you step onto someones land you must follow the rules as you do not own it, so i do not see how it would be a violation as it is my right as a land owner. --King RimuruRimuru Slime.png 18:04, 8 July 2017 (UTC)