Skip to comments.The Real Ten Commandments: Solon vs. Moses
Posted on 08/22/2003 10:59:42 PM PDT by Destro
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The States themselves had "police" powers, and did incorporate much of the Ten Commandments.
As for the history: Alfred the Great prefaced his laws with the Ten Commandments. English common law grew out of the same root.
They incorporated four of the ten. Most have now dropped the proscription against adultery.
Many State laws are common to Western (and other) culture. Solon of Athens (died 559 B.C.) put much of it in writing when he wrote the Athenian Laws. The idea of not committing murder, arson, robbery, etc. is so imbedded in our culture that no one source can be deemed as standing above any other.
I was educated in an Orthodox Jewish school and we were taught to use "BCE" and "CE" when writing a secular date.
Matthew (4th century)
Perhaps you should pass this on to scholars so they'll know to ignore those silly old pre-4th century quotations.
If you would like your eyes opened, read "The sacred mushroom and the cross" by john allegro.
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