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Book of Deuteronomy

Book of Deuteronomy

Book of Deuteronomy Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. How have the laws in Deuteronomy shaped Western legal systems? Do you recognize some of the provisions? Or are they all irrelevant today?
  2. Why are the laws about community so prominent? Do the Israelites seem like a very community-focused group?
  3. Do you think the Israelites knew that Moses murdered a man in Egypt? What kind of problems could that juicy bit of information have caused?
  4. Did the Israelites believe that idols were demons or just replicas of gods made of wood and stone? Why is the text so dead-set against them?
  5. If you could represent Moses in a trial before God, would you argue that he should be allowed to enter the Promised Land? Why didn't God let him to see Israel after all this effort?
  6. Does Moses seem angry in Deuteronomy? Or is he just exhausted? Why is he so devoted to the Israelites after all this time?
  7. Why does Deuteronomy even exist if it just repeats other parts of the Torah?
  8. Why is Deuteronomy the last book of the Pentateuch? How does its position make its case more or less convincing?
  9. Where is God in Deuteronomy? Is he more or less distant than in the rest of the Bible? Why?
  10. Why is Moses buried in a secret place? What does that say about his relationship with God? With the Israelites?
  11. Who is the audience of Deuteronomy? Do you think the authors hoped we'd be reading it millennia later?

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