Summary of Deuteronomy
Chapter by Chapter:
Chapters 1-4: The journey through the wilderness from Horeb (Sinai) to Kadesh and then to Moab is recalled.
Chapters 4-11: After a second introduction at 4:44-49 the events at Mount Horeb (Mt. Sinai) are recalled, with the giving of the Ten Commandments. Heads of families/tribes are commanded to instruct those under their care in the law, warnings are made against serving gods other than the Lord, the land promised to Israel is praised, and the people are commandmed to obedience.
Chapters 12-26: the Deuteronomic code: Laws governing Israel’s worship (chapters 12-16), the appointment and regulation of community and religious leaders (16-18), social regulation (19-25), and confession of identity and loyalty (26).
Chapters 27-28: Blessings and curses for those who keep and break the law.
Chapters 29-30: Concluding discourse on the covenant in the land of Moab, including all the laws in the Deuteronomic code (chapters 12-26) after those given at Horeb; Israel is again exhorted to obedience.
Chapters 31-34: Joshua is installed as Moses’ successor, Moses delivers the law to the Levites (priests), and ascends Mount Nebo/Pisgah, where he dies and is buried by God. The narrative of these events is interrupted by two poems, the Song of Moses and the Blessing of Moses.
Moses was a great prophet.