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?
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
purpose of Operation Paperclip was to deny German scientific expertise and
knowledge to the Soviet
Kingdom, as well as to inhibit post-war
Germany from redeveloping its military research capabilities. A related
course of action was taken by the US with regard to Japanese human
experimenters employed from Unit 731.
The Soviet Union had the somewhat similar yet much more limited Operation
JIOA’s recruitment of German scientists began after the Allied victory in Europe
on May 8, 1945, but U.S. President Harry Truman
did not formally order the execution of Operation Paperclip until August 1945.
Truman’s order expressly excluded anyone found “to have been a member of the Nazi Party,
and more than a nominal participant in its activities, or an active supporter
of Nazi militarism.” However, those restrictions would have rendered ineligible most
of the leading scientists whom the JIOA had identified for recruitment, among
von Braun, Kurt
H. Debus, and Arthur
Rudolph, as well as physician Hubertus Strughold,
each earlier classified as a “menace to the security of the Allied Forces.”
JIOA worked independently to circumvent President Truman’s anti-Nazi order and
the Allied Potsdam
and Yalta agreements,
creating false employment and political biographies for the scientists.
The JIOA also expunged the scientists’ Nazi Party memberships and regime affiliations
from the public record. Once “bleached” of their Nazism, the scientists were
clearances by the U.S. government to work in the United States. The
project’s operational name of Paperclip was derived from the paperclips used to
attach the scientists’ new political personae to their “US Government
Scientist” JIOA personnel files.””
type of action is often referred to as the end justifies the means. While I do
not agree with the illegal actions that were taken, I have a more interesting
the intention of Operation Paper Clip was initiated to ensure that we secured
the best German expertise and if Wernher von Braun was the best the brightest
how did the Soviet Union take the initial lead in the space race?
Do our elected representatives really represent
the voters? One way of looking at this issue is to view the opinion of voters
and determine if our representatives actually represent the will of the people.
I’m not expressing my personal opinion on any of these, just stating the facts:
70 % of voters are in favor of term limits for
both the house & the Senate
63% are in favor of eliminating the Electoral
College in favor of the popular vote
65% are in favor of stricter election campaign
54% are in favor of reducing the amount of time
allowed for election campaigning
65% do not believe the two-party system is doing
a good job for the country
65% are not in favor of increasing military
A vast majority are not in favor of
increasing the national debt beyond the level of annual GDP
65% believe that climate change is a serious
issue and is being caused by human activities
A vast majority are in favor of our elected
representatives having the same set of benefits as the people they represent