Moses & the 10 Commandments
When did Moses get the 10 Commandments?
The Ten Commandments were written by God upon two tablets of stone and then given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Most scholars date this event around the 13th or 14th century BC.
The above caused me to wonder what language the Diety used to convey the commandments and if anyone in the tribe was able to read, other that Moses?
I suppose we would think that Aramaic would have been the most logical. Chris Rollston has done quite a bit of research on the early writings from the Isralis and dates the early alphabet to circo 900 BC.
“Did ancient Israelites write? Is there evidence apart from the Hebrew Bible? If so, what did they write? And who could write?
Inscriptions on stone, notes and scribbles on pots and potsherds, names on seals and other writings are often so interesting you don’t ask how they were written or who the writers were. Chris Rollston does that in this readable new book.
He also sketches the early history of the alphabet—to about 900 B.C., when monuments from Byblos show that the letters had reached their basic shapes. His detailed analysis reveals how small changes in letters appear at Byblos over a century or so of use. That Phoenician script, he argues, was used for the Gezer Calendar late in the tenth century and in the Aramaic language Tell Fekheriyeh statue a century later.
Interesting to ponder!