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The Deuteronomy of Moses
by Wayne Blank
"according unto all that The Lord had given him"
Deuteronomy, from a Greek word meaning second law, is the English name given to the last of the five books of Moses (English translations use a Greek name for the Hebrew Scriptures). The Hebrew name for it, Words, is based upon the opening i.e. "These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel."
Delivered at the end of their forty years in the wilderness (to understand why it took them forty years for a journey that could have been done in forty days, see A Journey Without A Destination), it was in effect Moses' farewell address to Israel because he knew that he was not going to cross the Jordan with them.
Deuteronomy is a review of Israelite history up to that point, and a second reading of the Laws of Righteousness that The Lord gave to them (and the rest of humanity). While first recorded in Exodus, The Ten Commandments (see The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment) are repeated in Deuteronomy.
"I am The Lord thy God [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD], which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before Me.
The only part that was obviously not written by Moses was the end:
"And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And The Lord showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. And The Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
Fact Finder: (a) Why wasn't Moses allowed to enter the Israelites' physical promised land? (b) Will Moses nevertheless be in the future Kingdom of God with Christ, as seen in vision at the Transfiguration?