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To the Editor
I enjoyed Doctor Allison's article on knuckle pads in the March issue of the Archives. Although I admired the originals of some of the Michelangelo sculptures, I failed to notice the dermatological anomalies mentioned in Doctor Allison's paper. Not so the horns on the statue of Moses in the Church of St. Peter of the Chains. Michelangelo depicted Moses as described in St. Jerome's Vulgate version of the Bible, which was a Latin translation of an earlier Hebrew Masoretic text. This was the Bible of the Roman Catholic Church from the early fifth century until the 1940's. The passage states, ". . . quod cornuta esset facies sua." According to the Septuagint, which is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible of the year 250 BC, and the Hebrew Masoretic text, of the first century AD, the passage in Exodus 34:29, referring to Moses descending from Mount Sinai with the
Perley AI. KNUCKLE PADS. Arch Dermatol. 1966;94(1):110. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600250116030