Whoopi Goldberg is a classic practitioner of the ignorant expert. She often gets away with her ignorance because her audience is often just as ignorant as she is.
Here’s her latest:
“The hosts of The View on Tuesday ranted about Catholicism, the Pope and his visit to America. Whoopi Goldberg, offering her thoughts on the faith, complained about Pope Francis discussing abortion: ‘Well, there’s nothing in the Book that says anything about abortion. Let’s make sure of that. The Ten Commandments are the Ten Commandments. There’s only ten.’”
Actually, these “ ten commandments” are literally called the “ten words” (Ex. 34:28; Deut. 4:13; 10:4). It’s unfortunate that some translations substitute the word “commandments” for “words.” Whoopi can’t be blamed for this mistake since millions of people make it.
That’s why it’s more accurate to use the word “Decalogue,” from the Greek words deka (ten) and logos (words), to describe what’s listed in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Even so, command “words” (debarim) from God are laws to be followed.
In addition, there are more than ten commandments, laws, or command words in the Bible…
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