Deuteronomy

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Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible, preceded by Numbers and followed by Joshua. It begins the history of the Hebrews' residence in Israel, a story continued in the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings.

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Summary

Deuteronomy begins by telling of the Hebrews' conquest of various cities and towns in the area of the promised land. The final chapters concern the covenant with God, wherein God promises the Hebrews the land of Israel in return for their loyalty and obedience to him. The book ends with the death of Moses.

The bulk of the book (chapters 12-26) is a compendium of laws, similar to those in Leviticus. These include the Ten Commandments (Deut. 5:6-21) and dietary laws (Deut. 14).

Origin

Deuteronomy is believed to have been written during the reign of king Josiah of Judea (640-609 BCE) by an author referred to as Dtr1. It is written in a later stage of Hebrew than other books of the Torah, and contains many references to Josiah.

A second author, Dtr2, made several additions and produced the second edition of Deuteronomy after the fall of Israel.

The code of laws comes from a much earlier source by an author known as Dtr, and was inserted into the body of the book by Dtr1.

Sources

  • Friedman, Richard E., The Bible With Sources Revealed, 2003.
  • Friedman, Richard E., Who Wrote the Bible?, 1987.

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