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Middle Semitic Script

Los Lunas Inscription

Los Lunas New Mexico ancient Hebrew Inscription of the Ten Commandments


AHRC ID#: 18
Date of Writing: c. 700 BCE
Location of Discovery: Outside of Los Lunas New Mexico
Date of Discovery: Unknown, brought to the attention of scholastics 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 GhL PHNY
(This line belongs after the next line but appears to have been inserted here after the completion of the writing)
3. {?-MTsRYM} WBYT GhBDYM ? LA TGhShH LK PSL . LA TShA
4. {?-A}T ShM YHWH LShWA . ZAKWR AT YWM
5. HShBT LQDShW KBD AT ABYK WAT AMK LMGh{L-N?}
6. ARK?? YMYK GhL HADMH AShR YHWH ALHYK
7. {??-NTN} LK LA TRTs{?-H} LA TNAP . LA TGNB . LA
8. TGhNH BRGhK GhD ShKR . LA {?-THh}MD AShT RGhK
9. WKL AShR LRGhK .
Translation: 1. i yhwh your god who brought you out from land of
2. no will be gods after over my face
3. egypt and house servants ? no you do to you ? . no you do
4. at name yhwh to vain . remember at day
5. the shabbat to holy him honor at your father and at your mother in order that
6. long ? your days over the ground which yhwh your god
7. give to you no you murder no you adultery no you steal no
8. you humble in your neighbor witness false . no you covet wife of your neighbor
9. and all which to your neighbor
Alternate 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: For more on this inscription see the Los Lunas page.