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(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.


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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All biblical citations are from the book of Deuteronomy unless otherwise stated and are taken from the English Standard Version (Wheaton: Crossway Bibles, 2001).
His most recent article in Midstream "The Ten Commandments in the Book of Deuteronomy, "appeared in the May/June 2008 issue.
Finally, from a methodological standpoint, one wonders why the author looks to an ambiguous reference in Jeremiah to defend his reading of Deuteronomy as a sample of scribal culture, rather than looking to the book of Deuteronomy itself, where there is ample evidence to support such an approach (e.
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David told police the plate referred to the book of Deuteronomy, chapter eight, verse 18, which warns God is the only source of power.
The Book of Deuteronomy is a document of religious and political independence.
Judges 2 as a whole is informed by the covenantal explanations for success and defeat that we identify with Deuteronomistic authors, the formulaic phrases that now frame many of the tales of the judges, and the language and worldview that is at home in the Book of Deuteronomy itself.
In the Florida case, the National Organization of Women, along with other plaintiffs, had asserted that the phrase "Choose Life" is from the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, and therefore is an unconstitutional state endorsement of religion, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
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David, 66, told them it referred to the Bible book of Deuteronomy, chapter eight, verse 18, which declares God is the only source of power.
He was also charged with owning an unlicensed number plate which spelt DEUT 818 - a reference to the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy.
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