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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 
 

 

 

Ten Commandments or more?

While Judaism, Catholicism and Protestantism all agree that the Bible lists the Ten Commandments in chapter 20 of the book of Exodus, that passage contains more than ten imperative statements. Reflecting this, the Hebrew term for them translates as "the Ten Utterances" or "the Ten Statements", as Jewish law sees each imperative as representing a separate commandment, totaling 14 or 15 in all. (See Jewish understanding).

Some scholars also believe that there may have been at one time more than 10 commandments, but that these additional edicts have been lost over millennia.

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