Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Deuteronomy: Chapter Summary



The names of the book, משנה/Mishneh, Δευτέρωσις/Deuterosis, Δευτερόνομος/Deuteronomos, ספר תוקחות, Sepher Tokahoth, 1. The Argument of the Book, 2. The Scope, the confirmation of the doctrine of the law through repetition, and the commendation of the reading and observation of the same, 3. Chronology, 4. The four principal parts of the Book: I. A repetition of the preceding history, composed to acquire the attention and good will of the people, who are about to hear the law again (Deuteronomy 1-4). II. A repetition of the Mosaic legislation, in which the duty of the people, as long as they are dwelling in possession of the promised land, is depicted in explicit detail (Deuteronomy 5-26). III. The sanction and solemn confirmation of the law hitherto repeated (Deuteronomy 27-30). IV. Moses’ Testament and Death (Deuteronomy 31-34). A Synoptic Table, and the Interpreters of the book, ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Hebrew, 5.

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