Book of Deuteronomy

The Book of Deuteronomy (Hebrew: Davarim, meaning The Words) picks up where Numbers left off, "on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho" (Num. 36:13). Moses is close to death and the text presents his fairwell addresses as they nation prepares itself to enter the promised land. There are three lengthy speeches by Moses which are "intended to exhort the Israelites to keep the covenant faithfully" (Arnold & Beyer, p. 142). His addresses also summarize the laws of the covenant, all of which is to help prepare the new generation for the future. After this, Moses blesses the people from Mount Nebo views the promised land before his death. Joshua has been appointed as his successor. Theologically, the book of Deuteronomy expounds very clearly the doctrine of monotheism (cf. Deut. 6:4ff).


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