We know there were two sets of tablets that Moshe got. We know that each tablet was double-sided. How many actual side-by-side stones were there in each set? The pictures usually show there were two side-by-side stones. Is this true?
In other words when Moshe received the first set of Luchos, how many stones was he holding one or two?
Source-based answers, please.

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    2x2=4 Am I missing something? @fulltimekollelguy Mar 20, 2023 at 9:35
  • As in if each stone has 2 parts (as you said) and there are 2 then there were 4 stones. @fulltimekollelguy Mar 20, 2023 at 9:45
  • That is what you said @fulltimekollelguy Mar 20, 2023 at 9:48
  • Each tablet was more than double sided. It was six sided (like all three dimensional objects)
    – Double AA
    Mar 20, 2023 at 12:36
  • true, all six sides had text? Mar 20, 2023 at 12:42

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Exodus 31:18 says that there were two tablets: שְׁנֵי לֻחֹת הָעֵדֻת לֻחֹת אֶבֶן

  • Well done! אבן is singular while it says 2. So is the two referring to double sided? Were the two stones able to separate? Mar 20, 2023 at 11:06
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    @fulltimekollelguy that's simply how Hebrew works. If they were made of gold, the term of the material would have also been singular. לוחות זהב, לוחות עץ, לוחות כסף, לוחות שיש. It's the same in every material. So, two tablets, both made of stone.
    – Harel13
    Mar 20, 2023 at 11:09
  • @fulltimekollelguy אבן isn’t singular. Just like the English “tablets of stone”.
    – Zarka
    Mar 20, 2023 at 12:43
  • I am accepting this answer and going to pose a simlar question in hopefuly a more detailed manner Mar 20, 2023 at 13:57

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