Book of Deuteronomy


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The name, Deuteronomy, means "second law" or "repeated law," the name given to this book in the Greek Septuagint. The Hebrew name is elleh haddebarim, which means "These are the words." This name indicates what the book is about, as it is a long speech delivered by Moses on the plains of Moab. As his last act as their leader before transferring the leadership of the nation over to Joshua, he spoke to them to prepare them for their entrance into the land of Canaan. His four discourses emphasizes Jehovah's love for them and the importance of their loving Him and being faithful in keeping His laws.


The fact of Moses being the writer of this book is undisputed. Jesus testifies to his writer ship as well as other later Bible writers. The time period covered is approximately two months. Chapter 34 relates the death of Moses and was possibly written by Joshua or someone else. The book is divided into four sections: chapters 1-4, chapters 5-28, chapters 29-33, and chapter 34.