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
always felt that there were at least some truths contained in what we refer to
as Ancient Myths. What we may not adequately consider is that, in most
instances, the people that documented these events did not view them at myths.
The “myths” were the accepted “belief system” of their time.
Sumerian beliefs were first documented Circa 4,000 BC using cuneiform script,
one of if not the oldest written language. These writings referred to a much
earlier time and documented the Kings List going back hundreds of thousands of
oldest Egyptian writings date to the mid-4th Century BC and document
their beliefs in many gods, again from a much earlier time and whose origins
were off planet.
earliest Chinese writings date to 1,700 BC and document their beliefs of the
time. In India, Indus Script dates to Circa 3,000 BC and other, more modern
script dates to well over 1,000 BC. The Oldest written document was found in
Northern Greece. The
Dispilio tablet dates to circa 5,500 BC.
The consensus is that Aramaic
appeared Circa 900 BC and arguably documents events back to about 4,000 BC.
There is little doubt that the Greeks and Romans sincerely believed in their
pantheon of gods and their powers.
I often wonder what an
off-worlder would think about our modern-day beliefs? Would they consider them
myths? Would their view be any different than our view of the many beliefs that
we currently consider “Myths”?
Just for fun – From The very small to the very Large
An atom is very small, but it is
actually almost all “space”. Some have attempted to describe the make-up of the
atom by imagining that the proton is a tennis ball in the exact center of a
standard sized football field and the electrons are circling around it at a
distance of approximately the goal lines. Atoms are small, but watch this: