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Ten Commandments Inscription at Los Lunas
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Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:52

The Ten Commandments

Inscription in Los Lunas 


On August 27, 2003 when the Ten Commandments Monument was removed from public view in the state judicial building in Montgomery, Alabama, Justice Roy Moore said, “It is a sad day in our country when the moral foundation of our law and the acknowledgment of God has to be hidden from public view to appease a federal judge."   Americans now have a renewed interest in another “monument” which is the Ten Commandments Inscription in Los Lunas, New Mexico.  This “monument” defies any governmental authority to remove it because the entire Christian and Jewish communities in America will put up a good fight.


This is one of the most fascinating historic sites in New Mexico.  The local people for many years have called it the “Mystery Mountain”.   It is located a few miles west of a little town called Los Lunas which is 56 km (35 miles) southwest of Albuquerque.  At the foot of a mini-Masada like natural plateau there is an inscription in an ancient script called Paleo-Hebrew.   This inscription contains a slightly abridged version of the Ten Commandments. 

Read this article:   An Ancient Hebrew Inscription in New Mexico - Fact or Fraud?On the  Mystery Mountain of Ten Commandments Stone” Tom & Vickilynn VerSteeg wrote:

“. . . . . In the middle of the stone a 5 inch long in width by 2" inches height an 1" deep chunk of the stone was broken off.   Proving that this inscription was not made by human hands, but by the fire of God in Heaven.  Scholars have proved this over and over again, that no machine or engraving could have been used by man to make the writings.  Only by FIRE could it penetrate the writing of the stone inscriptions.  In font of the stone lays another large flat foundation as if one could stand or pray near the stone.  Beside the stone on the right side, is a rather unusual looking bush growing slowly.

“In 1996, Prof. James D. Tabor of the Dept. of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, interviewed the late Professor Frank Hibben (1910-2002), a retired University of New Mexico archaeologist, "who is convinced that the inscription is ancient and thus authentic. He reports that he first saw the text in 1933. At the time it was covered with lichen and patination and was hardly visible. He was taken to the site by a guide who had seen it as a boy, back in the 1880s." (Tabor 1997) At present the inscription itself is badly chalked and scrubbed up. However, Moorehouse compares the surviving weathering on the inscription to that on a nearby modern graffito dating itself to 1930. He concludes that the Decalogue inscription is clearly many times older than this graffito, and that 500 to 2000 years would not be an unreasonable estimate of its age.“

The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone 

Translation of the Los Lunas Ten Commandments Inscription


How did the Ten Commandments

                        Inscription get there?

In “The Los Lunas Inscription” web site it is suggested the Jews came to America before it was “discovered” by Christopher Columbus.  Below is an excerpt from the web site:

Over two thousand years before Columbus "discovered" America there were people of Semitic origin in New Mexico worshipping the God of Israel. How can this possibly be reconciled with known history?  It is seemingly apparent that the financial backing to launch a Hebrew-Phoenician voyage of world exploration could have readily occurred during the reign of King Solomon of Israel. Solomon worshipped the true God of Israel and had the means to fund explorative voyages to other lands. With Solomon's main port being located on the Red Sea it would be difficult to explain how his fleet would have entered America through the Atlantic drainage. ( Reference note: 1 Kings 9:26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom. 27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.)”

Please note that this only the hypothesis of one scholar and this may not be correct.


In the second paper, geologist G.E. Morehouse comes to grip with a second criticism leveled at the inscription; namely, that the engraving looks fresh and lacks the patination characteristic of great age. Morehouse concludes that the freshness actually derives from the frequent, recent scrubbing of the inscription (with wire brushes on some occasions) to improve its visibility. Taking this into account, Morehouse estimates the age of the Los Lunas inscription by comparing its weathering with a nearby 1930 inscription. Conclusion: the Los Lunas inscription is much older than 1930. Any length of time from 500-2000 years or more older would be "quite reasonable." We are, therefore, still left with the possibility that Old World travelers with a knowledge of ancient Hebrew visited what is now New Mexico perhaps as early as the time of Christ.


(Fell, Barry; "Ancient Punctuation and the Los Lunas Text," Epigraphic Society, Occasional Publications, 13:35, 1985, and Morehouse, George E.; "The Los Lunas Inscriptions, a Geological Study," Epigraphic Society, Occasional Publications, 13:44, 1985.)  


It is a complete mystery how and when this Ten Commandments Inscription got there.  Only God knows.  All we can say is that it is there not only for Americans but also for all mankind to be reminded and be conscious of the truth that the Ten Commandments are God’s Laws to be kept by every person on earth and in every age. 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God and keep His Commandments, For this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil.” (Ecc. 12:13-14)“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14)

Every One of theTen Commandments must be kept


May God bless you 

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