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Deuteronomy

(do͞otərŏn`əmē), book of the Bible, literally meaning "second law," last of the five books (the Pentateuch or Torah) ascribed by tradition to Moses. Deuteronomy purports to be the final words of Moses to the people of Israel on the eve of their crossing the Jordan to take possession of Canaan. Moses rehearses the law received at Sinai 40 years previously, reapplying it to the new generation who accept its claim on them at a ceremony of ratification recorded in the Book of Joshua. The history of Israel found in Joshua and Second Kings is written from the Deuteronomic point of view, and is often called the "Deuteronomic history." Deuteronomy functions as the introduction to this historical work and provides the guiding principles on which Israel's historical traditions are assessed. The bulk of the book is the record of three speeches of Moses, and may be outlined as follows: first, the introductory discourse reviewing the history of Israel since the exodus from Egypt; second, an address of Moses to the people, beginning with general principles of morality and then continuing with particulars of legislation, including a repetition of the Ten Commandments, and a concluding exhortation in which Moses again appeals to the people to renew the covenant; third, a charter of narrative in which Moses nominates Joshua as his successor and delivers the book of the Law to the Levites; fourth, the Song of Moses; fifth, the blessing of Israel by Moses; and sixth, the death of Moses. The legislation is oriented toward life in the Promised Land, with the eventual foundation of a single lawful sanctuary.

Bibliography

See A. D. H. Mayes, Deuteronomy (1979); M. Noth, The Deuteronomistic History (1981); P. D. Miller, Deuteronomy (1990). See also bibliography under Old TestamentOld Testament,
Christian name for the Hebrew Bible, which serves as the first division of the Christian Bible (see New Testament). The designations "Old" and "New" seem to have been adopted after c.A.D.
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In today's Gospel, Jesus will agree that the challenge set forth by the Deuteronomic author was indeed the believer's first obligation: loving God with one's whole self, heart, soul, mind and strength.
What really happened, Jenkins argues, is that the Deuteronomic writers, concerned about dangerous political and religious conditions, were "telling a story and at every possible stage heightening the degree of contrast and separation between Israel and those other nations," not for the sake of historical accuracy but to send a spiritual message to their own people.
In his second statement, qualifying the Deuteronomic definition of the true prophet, he declares: If a prophet prophesies good fortune, then only when the word of the prophet comes true can it be known that the Lord really sent him (28:9).
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Chapter 2 identifies and analyzes common biblical metaphors in the Genesis account of Joseph and Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39): falling (as in the Fall and its secular counterpart, "falling in love"), seeing (as in "lifted up her eyes" with its further implication of insight), "house" (as in portentous family lineage as well as the prison of women under patriarchal rule), and crying out (as in "lifting up one's voice" and witnessing to dishonor), which also carries her toward a discussion of Deuteronomic law and rape.
I assume (with most scholars) that the book of Job belongs with Israel's Wisdom Literature, and that it enshrines very late--most probably post-exilic--views that had developed over time, and which in important respects stood (and still stand) to correct oversimplification in the metaphysics of earlier Hebrew teaching in the so-called Deuteronomic era.
14) Given the centrality of international institutions in creating modern international law, there is nothing like a UN transcript and its related legal opinions to make one crave the Deuteronomic injunction: "You shall not pervert justice.
It is possible that one reason why the Deuteronomic writer chose to centralize the worship of YHWH in one place, whereas worship of YHWH had been taking place all over the land of Israel (from Beth-el to Shiloh) was the destruction of a shrine of YHWH in Moab, something the Deuteronomic writer wished to avoid in the future.
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Michael Bristol, "The First Folio as a Deuteronomic Program," in Shakespeare's America/America's Shakespeare, 92-99.
He shares with Philaras the comfort he derives from the same Deuteronomic text that the Son uses to resist Satan in the Gospel temptation narratives, a text Milton reproduces in Paradise Regain'd (Cf.
13) 22:23; On the Deuteronomic forerunner of a public reading of the Torah every seventh year at Sukkot (hakhel), see Jeffrey H.