Critical Intro to O.T.
Sept 9, 1999
Deuteronomy comes from a Greek word meaning "repetition of
the law" The book is very long and without the proper
information to understanding, very dull. But, dull does not
mean useless or unreadable; the book contains the record of
Moses' speeches made shortly before his death.
The book, with all its details and all the laws, could be
some sort of covenant renewal ceremony. Israel is once
again affirming that they
will be loyal to God, that they will be his nation.
The book prepared the people for life without Moses, and
for the wars that they would be fighting in the Promised
Land. Some parts of the book give methods of governing the
land. It includes priests, Levites and
even kinds and prophets.
Many people do not believe that Moses wrote Deuteronomy. It
is said that it was actually Josiah who wrote the book and
then his it in the temple to be found. Each century has
there own theory on who wrote the book of Deuteronomy. No
one wants to believe that Moses or Joshua wrote it. Each
time someone comes up with a new theory, the date to the
book is put later and later into history, making the book
false and a fake document.
More than any other book Deuteronomy prepared the people of
Israel for to fight and live in the Promised Land. Whether
understand covenants and the way the people received the message.
Moses wrote the book or not, Deuteronomy helps people
understand covenants and the way the people received the