Hebrew Ten Commandments 2nd Century B.C.

Here is a picture of the Ten Commandments found in the Jewish Encyclopedia (1901-1906). It is in Hebrew and dates from the second century before Christ:

10 Commandments in Hebrew

This is from a collection of four papyrus fragments acquired in Egypt by W. L. Nash and first described by Stanley A. Cook in 1903. These fragments were the oldest Hebrew fragments then known at that time which contained a portion of the biblical pre-Masoretic text, and specifically the Ten Commandments and the Shema Yisrael prayer. According to Wikimedia, the order the commandments listed in the Nash papyrus differs from that of the Hebrew Bible and Septuagint as the papyrus was believed to be copied from a liturgical work.

To learn about the actual ten commandments from the Bible, please read the following articles:

Did People Know About the Ten Commandments Before Mount Sinai? Some say no. What does the Bible show?
Did Job Know the Ten Commandments Job was probably written prior to Mount Sinai. Here is some of what Job knew about the ten commandments..
What Did Jesus Actually Teach Concerning the Ten Commandments? This article quotes what Jesus actually said about them (His words are in red).
Were God's Ten Commandments Nailed to the Cross? Some have said so. This article provides some biblical quotes to answer this important question.
What Did Paul Teach About the Ten Commandments? Was Paul for them?

Were the Pharisees Condemned for Observing the Law?
Or perhaps because they did not understand it correctly?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, But Breaking Them Show Evil Are God's commandments are a burden.
Is Love the Only Command? What does the Bible really say?
The Ten Commandments and the Christian Church Did the Early Church keep the ten commandments? What do the Bible and early writings show?

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