Deuteronomy 1:1—These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab.
Deuteronomy means “second law,” a term mistakenly derived from the Hebrew word mishneh in Deu. 17:18. The book is not merely a copy of the law but rather a restatement for a whole new generation. At least 12 times Moses addressed his words to “all Israel.” Its Hebrew title is Elleh Haddebharim, meaning, “These Are the Words,” taken from the first verse. Scholars believe the book was written around 1406 BC, at the end of the Israelites forty years of wandering in the desert. One of its most famous verses is Deu. 6:4 the Shema, the basic confession of faith in Judaism that forms an important part of Jewish evening and morning prayer and is used even today as a Jewish confession of faith. “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One!”
The dominant theological theme in this book is the renewal of God’s covenant and Moses’ call to obedience, as evident in Deuteronomy 4: 1,6 and 13; chapter 28, and 30: 1-3 and 8-20. The setting occurs in Moab, 40 days before the Israelites entered the Promised Land.
Other important themes in Deuteronomy are:
· Travel and warfare—the Israelites defeat King Sihon and King Og and take over their territory.
· Reinforcing the Law and standards of conduct
· The succession of leadership from Moses at the age of 120 to Joshua.
Thirty-four chapters are packed with great truth to help us better understand God and walk in obedience to His perfect will. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Deuteronomy is a treasure chest of theological concepts that have influenced the religious thought and life of ancient Israelites, Jews, and Christians.—William Sanford LaSor, David Allan Hubbard and Frederic William Bush in their volume Old Testament Survey
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
 What Is the Dominant Theme of the Book of Deuteronomy? by Flora Richards-Gustafson, Demand Media