By B.L. Freeborn © 2013
Moses and the Ten Commandments bring to mind Noah and the Ark. Perhaps one can see the resemblance to the ark in this side image of the Decalogue Stone? It had three decks and was covered on top to one cubit.
Or perhaps one can see in the image of Moses, with his one hand that points up towards his face and the other arm held rigidly at his side, the same posture as this statue betrays from Ugarit. The language of Ugarit is so similar to Hebrew that it is helping scholars define words in the Torah better.
And in turn does this statue remind one of the constellation Hercules? Hercules has one arm up, one arm bent, one leg thrust out, and one leg bent behind. The statue is attributed to worshipers of Baal 14th to 12th century BC which may explain the hat with a ball on top. An alternate interpretation might be that if the posture does indicate Hercules then perhaps the ball means the pole star. The pole star was located in the constellation of Hercules for over 2000 years from 10,000 BC to 8,000 BC. The ball might also indicate the star Vega in the nearby constellation which was polestar in 12000 BC. The ball could also be a stone or the source of the ritual of placing a stone on the forehead. The suggested use of the Johnson-Bradner stone was as a Jewish ritual stone worn on the forehead (rosh phylactery).
Stones found in skulls, balls on the heads of statues, ritual stones where they ought not be…. do any other oddities surround this mystery? How about one 864,000 square feet in area?
Images of Stone from: McCulloch, J. Huston, The Newark, Ohio Decalogue Stone and Keystone.