Anti-swearing law

James E. Clapp jeclapp at WANS.NET
Thu Feb 24 00:16:38 UTC 2000

David Bowie posted an AP story that said:
>    Judaism counts ``I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of
>    the land of Egypt ...'' as No. 1, while most Christians consider
>    that a preface and list Judaism's No. 2 as their No. 1: ``You
>    shall have no other gods before me.'' Other Christians say No. 1
>    consists of both clauses.

Right.  When I wrote that there are actually twelve commands, I omitted
the fact that Judaism counts a simple declaratory sentence as the first
command, making a total of thirteen to be squeezed into the Procrustean
bed, which holds only ten.

James E. Clapp

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