Are the Jewish Ten Commandments different from the Christian? I know Christianity and Judaism both get their Commandments from the story of Moses, but I heard somewhere that one of the Commandments is different.  Also, Catholics seem to have replaced one with another: which one is that?

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The Ten Commandments themselves are not different between the Jewish and Christian religions, though the various denominations do treat them slightly differently in terms of how the ten are divided and arranged.

The text of the ten comes from two different locations in the Old Testament, the Talmud in Judaism and the Bible in Catholicism.  There is no division on the belief that they are the Word of God inscribed on tablets for Moses, though there is some differences in what is included in the First Commandment versus the Second. 

The link I'm attaching here shows a good comparison chart between religions and denominations on this point.

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