Summary of Deuteronomy

Summary of Deuteronomy

Chapter by Chapter:

Deuteronomy 1-2: Israel During 40 Years/ Israel Moves Toward Promised Land
Deuteronomy 3-4: People of Bashan are Destroyed/ Scattering and Gathering of Israel
Deuteronomy 5-6: 10 Commandments/Keep the Commandments and Love God
Deuteronomy 7-8: The Mercy of the Lord/Don’t Forget God
Deuteronomy 9-10: 40 Days and 40 Nights Fasting/Love God
Deuteronomy 11-12: Love God/Don’t Eat Blood
Deuteronomy 13-14: Don’t Worship False Gods/What you can and cannot eat
Deuteronomy 15-16: Care for the Poor/ Israel Shall Keep the Passover
Deuteronomy 17-18: Laws of God/ A Prophet Will Arise
Deuteronomy 19-20: Murders to be Put to Death/Laws of War
Deuteronomy 21-22: Disobedience/Laws of Moses
Deuteronomy 23-24: The Congregation/Laws of Moses
Deuteronomy 25-26: Marriage Law/Law of Tithing
Deuteronomy 27-28: Cursed Be…/ Blessings and Curses
Deuteronomy 29-30: Obedience=Blessings, Disobedience= Cursing/  Blessings and Curses
Deuteronomy 31-32:  Be Strong and of Good Courage/The Rock of Salvation

Deuteronomy 33-34: Moses Blesses the Son’s of Israel/ Moses Dies

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.


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