Huffpost Religion

The 10 Commandments 2.0: Modern Scholars' Response To The Laws of Moses

Posted: Updated:
TEN COMMANDMENTS
AP Photo/Rogelio Solis

Nearly 3,500 years ago, Exodus tells us, God inscribed the Ten Commandments onto two stone tablets for the Israelites. Although Jewish tradition counts 613 commandments in the Torah, the Ten have taken on a life of their own, inspiring millions of Jews, Christians and Muslims over the centuries and evolving into a symbol of morality that has influenced Western thinking. Over the past 50 years, they've become a contentious subject in the United States, emerging at the heart of the culture wars between conservatives and liberals who disagree over their role in American law and ethics. Moment speaks with a range of American scholars about the Ten Commandments' contemporary relevance and meaning, and discovers -- surprise, surprise -- that their opinions differ dramatically.

Read the whole story at Moment Magazine

Around the Web

Ten Commandments - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Ten Commandments (1956) - IMDb

Opinion: Ten Commandments That Might Just Ensure a Jewish Future

Barcelona Gay And Lesbian Monument Plans Outlined