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    Moses w/ horns?

    Does anyone know why Moses has horns in the sculptures by Michelangelo and Sluter? Did I miss something in the Old Testament?

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    When the early Christian scriptures were translated and spread by word of mouth, Moses was said to have had horns. It was originally supposed to mean to send out rays, as in rays of light. But, it was confused with the Hebrew word for thrust out horns or something. I don't know how you screw up making someone look like a saint or satan :evilbat:
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    that was funny egerie
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    xjmaschox is right.
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    Wow. Very interesting... I wonder if Mike Mignola was inspired by any of these statues to make Hellboy... hehe.


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    hes right, the word that was mistranslated was basicly the word for aura or light coming from the head, it was a wrong translation of the word. but hey horns are fun huh.

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    Looks to me like he broke the two tablets containing the ten commandments, on his head. OUCH

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    lol crazy. devilish
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    tommy matola is devilish..
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    So unfortunate! I think that they should make casts of them and then remove the horns on a copy, so we can see moses as a human. It is so distrackeding. I wonder if they didn't think it was just a little odd to have horns!
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    That's really interesting. I hadn't noticed them before, guess that says something about how much attention I paid in art history class.

    Maybe also, since he was pre christ they thought it would be appropreate for him to look kinda pagan ish. or something.
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    Originally posted by ozan

    Maybe also, since he was pre Christ they thought it would be appropriate for him to look kinda pagan ish. or something.
    Michael Angelo was likely working basis Latin biblical translations from the Greek.

    During the Mediaeval period, from about 1000 ad to perhaps late 14th century (following the Black Plague of 1348), and afterward, the bible and many manuscripts weres copied over and over by monks who changed a great deal of the original wording, adapting them to meet the teachings and philosophy of "the Church," or biases.

    The Gospels of Mathew were particularly ravaged. Some really interesting changes.

    There has been discussion that suggests that the word was not translated by mistake but to reinforce the character of Moses as a Jew.

    Throughout the middle ages and afterward, Jews were believed to have tails and horns. These stories were supported by the fact that men always wore hats and women head coverings etc.

    It’s an interesting theory but its just that, a theory. As noted, the words "rays of light" were apparently similar to the word "horns" in the original texts one of many changes resulted.
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