Deuteronomy / Devarim (1): Restoring the Covenant. On the Steps of Moab

The lecture embarks upon supplying a structural outline of the book, followed by an extensive presentation of the content of the chapters, on the lines of the headings in the structural division: heading (1,1-5), Moses’ first sermon (1,6-4,43), heading (4,44-49) and Moses’ second sermon (5,1-28,69). Further topics to be discussed include: the Ten Commandments and ancient treaties, spin and the spies, the love of God in Deuteronomy/Devarim, use of Deuteronomy/Devarim in Jewish worship, the chosen place of worship, Deuteronomy’s/Devarim’s humanitarianism, war in Deuteronomy/Devarim.