The origin of the phrase "Written in Stone" most likely comes from the Law of Hammurabi which states that the law as written cannot be changed by anyone that follows and it was 'written in stone' so that it could not be changed. Its alternate saying, linked below, is something that is changeable.
This is debatable. Babylon had the first known written law system and is the origin of the phrase "Written in Stone" as the laws were written on stone tablets inside the temples used to adjudicate law, in most cases. This was called the Code of Hammurabi and contained 282 written laws; dated 1795 B.C. The Jewish religion also contained 613 "Commandments" (later narrowed to 10) known as the Law of Moses - dated 1391 B.C. Rome also produced a written law system, and coined the term "Statutes" for that law; dated 753 B.C. Each of these systems used elements of the others, and or added to them to improve the way they functioned. The 'origin' depends on more specific parameters.
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