NELC 150

Introduction to the Bible

Slide 26

Text from Qumran tefillin. This text includes the Ten Commandments, unlike modern tefillin which only include the paragraphs containing Exodus 13:9 and 16; Deuteronomy 6:8 and 11:18. Jewish law removed the Ten Commandments from tefillin (and from the daily prayers) because of sects that claimed that ONLY the Ten Commandments were given at Mt. Sinai, but not the other laws. By removing them, Jewish law sought to prevent the reduction of Judaism to the 10 Commandments alone.