Deuteronomy

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Deuteronomy
Book Number 5
Testament Old
Number of Chapters 34
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Literary Genre Law
References Used Bibliography: Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy is the final book of the Pentateuch, the five books of the law traditionally ascribed to Moses and chronicling the journey of the Israelites through the wilderness as they relearn how to be God’s people. Deuteronomy is not a book of entirely new laws, but a series of lectures by Moses as he reinterprets and reapplies the existing laws for a new generation. Traditionally, it has been seen as a Moses' last will and Testament, reinforcing and restating what Moses thought was the most important for thepeople to remember before he died.


The people are about to enter to Promised Land, and Moses is going to die. These two facts overlay the conversations and events in this book. Moses is preparing a people to move on and follow God after his death, and the people move towards fulfillment of the promises God has given to them.


While tradition gives authorship of the book to Moses, many critical scholars see the book of Deuteronomy as a work that is the result of numerous scribes and later editors restating the laws of the previous books in ways relevant to their current generation. There is also a scholarly movement that sees the entire book of Deuteronomy as a treaty between God and the Israelites, mainly based on Hittite treaties of the time period.



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Deuteronomy 34