Why were the 10 commandments written in stone, not paper, or other media?

Here are some various thoughts and arguments about why the 10 commandments were written in stone and not some other material.

This way they would lasting, the 10 commandments are  testimony that referred to future generations, and therefore the materials should be durable  OF STONE, AND THEREFORE ENDURING AND WELL NIGH IMPERISHABLE. Few things are more enduring than some kinds of stone. Inscriptions exist, engraved on stone, which are certainly anterior to Abraham. No remains in metal go back so far. Gold and silver are, comparatively speaking, soft. Iron corrodes. Steel was unknown at the period. The material selected to receive the moral law was as nearly indestructible as possible. The tables may still exist, and may one day be discovered under the mounds of Babylon, or in the bed of the Euphrates. The character of the material was thus in harmony with the contents of the tables, consisting, as they did, of laws whereof no jot or tittle shall pass away till the fulfilment of all things (Matthew 5:18).  study light.org And as the tables of stone signified the hardness of their hearts, so the hewing of them by Moses might signify the circumcision and ploughing up of their hearts, that they might be fit for the receiving of God’s mercies, and the performance of their duties. * Clarke’s note on Exodus 34:1study light.org/exodus/34-1


“And he gave unto Moses … two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” “And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.” Exodus 31:18; 32:16.   *  amazing facts.org


Yet, you asked why God chose various mediums (voice, stone, paper) to express His words. While I might hazard guesses, God has not revealed His reasoning within the Scriptures. Hence, I too must remain silent. * biblehub.com/exodus/31-18   hermeneutics.stackexchange.com * la vista church of christ.org/

Seventh-day Adventists will falsely argue that since the Ten Commandments
were written in stone, that proves they will never be abolished!  Jews too?

Seventh-day Adventists will falsely argue that since the Ten Commandments were written in stone, that proves they will never be abolished!

  1. We merely ask, then where was Adam’s stone copy of the 10 commandments?
  2. Why did God not give Adam a stone copy once for all time?
  3. Why is it that Moses was first person in history to not only see the 10 commandments, but the first person to hold the stone tablets upon which the 10 commandments were written?
  4. Why do Seventh-day Adventists argue that the ten commandment law is no longer written in stone, but in the flesh of the human heart in 2 Corinthians 3:3? (Of course 2 Cor 3:3 says the 10 commandments were abolished and the new Covenant, the law of Christ is written on human hearts)  bible.ca/

On the other hand

When you engrave letters into a stone, the letters and the stone are one entity. The letters are now a part of the stone itself, just like the Ten Commandments were engraved on the two tablets that Moses received on Mount Sinai. These letters can never be erased.

The harder, but more secure, method is the engraved way. This is when Judaism is a part of you in everything that you do. An “engraved Jew” will turn his vacation into a Jewish experience. Engraved Jews will light the Shabbat candles no matter where they are n college, a cruise … Judaism is just a part of who he or she is.  Chabad.org *


Pod Cast  Stone weathers and can be damaged or lost. The heart provides a writing space that is personal, can be frequently reviewed and can be carried with a person. The law that is written on our hearts is the same as that which God wrote on the tablets.  ucg.org

What were the differences between the first and the 2nd set of the 10 Commandments?


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Chabad Shavuot – The 10 Commandments  

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