Ten Commandments

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Archaeologists on Hunt to Unearth Long-Buried Movie Set

Flights over desert helping in 'Ten Commandments' search

(Newser) - Thou shalt restore the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes to their natural state once filming wraps up. That’s the commandment given to movie director Cecil B. DeMille, who filmed his epic The Ten Commandments in the sand dunes on the Central California coast in the early 1920s, KCBX reports. Apparently, though, he... More »

This Rare 'Wicked Bible' Is Perfect for Cheaters

1631 Sinners Bible to go up for auction in November

(Newser) - In a tome like the Bible, printing errors are probably pretty common. Scan through the Ten Commandments as laid out in a rare 1631 Bible, however, and you'll come across a rather unfortunate one: "Thou shalt commit adultery." Some 1,000 copies of the so-called Sinners or... More »

Ten Commandments Removed From Oklahoma Capitol

It violated the state's constitution

(Newser) - A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage. In June, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition... More »

Okla. Gov to Court: Ten Commandments Monument Stays

Mary Fallin rejects state Supreme Court ruling to remove monument

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has no plans to take down the 6-foot-tall stone Ten Commandments monument from state Capitol grounds—despite a state Supreme Court ruling ordering just that, reports Reuters . Fallin says her attorney general is asking the high court to reconsider its 7-2 ruling, saying, per Tulsa World ... More »

Archaeologists Save Sphinx Buried in ... California

Relics from Cecil B. DeMille's 'Ten Commandments' set restored

(Newser) - After months of painstaking work in the sands of California, archaeologists have managed to restore a sphinx and other relics from a lost age—1920s Hollywood. The sphinx, one of 21 used in Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 movie The Ten Commandments, has been restored after it was excavated from... More »

Oldest Copy of Ten Commandments Goes on Display

But only for 2 weeks, in Israel

(Newser) - A 2,000-year-old copy of the Ten Commandments believed to be the oldest in existence is going on display at a Jerusalem museum, reports the Jewish Press . This particular version showed up in one of the Dead Sea scrolls, and it's so fragile that it will be allowed to... More »

Archaeologists Uncover Giant Sphinx in Calif. Dunes

Cecil B. DeMille buried 'Ten Commandments' set in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

(Newser) - Archaeologists parted the sands in California to excavate one of the last remnants of old-time Hollywood: a giant plaster sphinx from the set of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. The director buried props from the epic movie (the 1923 silent black-and-white version, not the 1956 Charlton Heston blockbuster)... More »

Here's the Statue Satanists Want at Oklahoma Capitol

They've raised more than $17K toward their $20K goal

(Newser) - A Ten Commandments monument has stood outside Oklahoma's Capitol building since 2012, and a New York-based group would like to see it joined by another statue, so that "people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan." That's right: The Satanic Temple has formally... More »

In Ancient Text, a Prophecy About Ark of the Covenant

Scholar translates treatise into English for first time

(Newser) - A Hebrew text fully translated into English for the first time adds to the story of the Ark of the Covenant, but—we'll spare you the suspense—it doesn't say where it is. The closest the "Treatise of the Vessels" comes to disclosing the location of the... More »

At 10 Commandments Shrine, Atheists Build ... a Bench?

Because, they say, it's practical

(Newser) - Thou shalt not believe? A group of atheists are holding a sit-down—quite literally—at a monument to the 10 Commandments outside a Florida courthouse. As a testament to their non-belief and a protest to the granite slab they sought to remove, American Atheists unveiled their own monument yesterday: A... More »

Virginia School Board Sued Over Ten Commandments

Civil liberties groups want plaque removed from hallway

(Newser) - Dispatches from the church-and-state front:
  • Ten Commandments: Civil liberties groups have sued the school board in Giles County, Virginia, demanding that a Ten Commandments plaque be removed from a high school hallway. The board says it's simply part of a display of historical documents, including the Declaration of Independence,
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Glenn Beck: Quake Was Message From God

'Follow the Ten Commandments, people'

(Newser) - Japan's massive earthquake was probably a message from God, and Glenn Beck says the big guy's clearly not very happy. So what's the message? It's not entirely clear, but what we're doing is all wrong, and we should be following the Ten Commandments, not like "radical" Islamists, Beck counsels.... More »

Charlton Heston Dead at 84

Longtime leading man, former NRA president, had Alzheimer's

(Newser) - Charlton Heston, the longtime Hollywood leading man who portrayed everyone from Moses to Michelangelo and won an Oscar for his chariot-driving performance in Ben Hur, has died at age 84, the AP reports. Heston, who announced in 2002 that he had Alzheimer's, became the unapologetic head of the NRA in... More »

Moses Got High on Mt. Sinai, Study Says

Mind-altering drugs may have sparked religious visions

(Newser) - Moses was high on mind-altering drugs when he heard God’s word on Mount Sinai, an Israeli researcher said this week. He contends that hallucinogenics were key to Jewish ceremonies and explain Moses' reception of the Ten Commandments and his vision of the burning bush. Benny Shanon, who teaches at... More »

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