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Los Lunas Inscription



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Description:
The inscription is the Ten Commandments and written in the same style of Hebrew (Middle Semitic script) that was commonly used from 1000 BCE to 100 CE. But what is amazing about this rock is that it was found in the mid 19th century in Los Lunas New Mexico. Because of the location of this "Ancient Hebrew" inscription much, controversy surrounds its origins and authenticity.

Era:
Middle Semitic Script

Image Credit:
Unknown

Date of Inscription:
c. 700 BCE

Location of Discovery:
Outside of Los Lunas New Mexico

Date of Discovery:
Unknown. Brought to the attention of scholars in the 1850's.

Current Location:
Outside of Los Lunas New Mexico

Language:
Hebrew

Writing Surface:
Boulder face

Transliteration:
1. ANKY YHWH ALHYK AShR HWTsATYK MA{??-RTs}
2. LA YHYH ALHYM AHhRYM AhL PHNY
(This line belongs after the next line but appears to have been inserted here after the completion of the writing)
3. {?-MTsRYM} WBYT AhBDYM ? LA TAhShH LK PSL . LA TShA
4. {?-A}T ShM YHWH LShWA . ZAKWR AT YWM
5. HShBT LQDShW KBD AT ABYK WAT AMK LMAh{L-N?}
6. ARK?? YMYK AhL HADMH AShR YHWH ALHYK
7. {??-NTN} LK LA TRTs{?-H} LA TNAP . LA TGNB . LA
8. TAhNH BRAhK AhD ShKR . LA {?-THh}MD AShT RAhK
9. WKL AShR LRAhK .


Translation:
1. I am Yahweh your God who brought you out from the land
2. No gods before me
3. ?and a house of servants ? do not do to you ? do not do
4. the name yhwh in vain . remember the day of
5. the sabbath to make it holy honor your father and your mother in order that
6. your days be long over the land which yhwh your God
7. gives to you do not murder do not commit adultery do not steal do not
8. humble your niehgbor a false witness . do not covet the wife of your neighbor
9. and all that belongs to your neighbor

(Translation by Jeff A. Benner)


Comments:
Ancient Hebrew Inscription of the Ten Commandments. For more on this inscription see the Los Lunas page.






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