This course surveys the structure, genres, significance, and theology of the Book of Deuteronomy. As the last book of the Pentateuch (Torah), Deuteronomy contains the sermon of Moses who explicated Torah and exhorts the people of Israel to love Yahweh with all their heart on the eve of entering the Promised Land (eisodus). At the core of Deuteronomy is the Law Code (12-26). It is framed by an opening travelogue and exhortations of Torah (chps 1-11) and the closing farewell of Moses (pronouncement of blessings and curses and songs; chps 26-34). Deuteronomy functions as both an introduction and theological lens through which the history of Joshua through Kings (called the Deuteronomistic History) is presented. Understanding Deuteronomy’s teaching (e.g., central sanctuary, kingship, prophets, retribution theology, etc.) is crucial for understanding all of Scripture from the prophets to the life of Jesus. In this course we will explore the possible ways in which Deuteronomy functions in our contexts.
Read through the Book of Deuteronomy at least once. Read all handouts and complete all assignments.
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Structure, Genre, and Function
Part 3-4: Theology of Deuteronomy
Part 5: The Use of Deuteronomy in the New Testament
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Deuteronomy is a masterpiece literary art performed in a liturgical setting.”Haïk-Vantoura attempts to recover the actual melodies of what she believes were part of the text of the Hebrew Bible in the period of the Second Temple in ancient Israel, which the Masoretes themselves only partially understood” (Word Biblical Commentary, Deuteronomy)