Category Archives: Deuteronomy

Is Deuteronomy 32:8-9 Earlier Than the Rest of the Song of Moses?

Deuteronomy 32:8-9 states (and here I will be using the New Revised Standard Version): “When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the gods; the … Continue reading

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The Rationale for Prohibiting Inbreeding

Deuteronomy 27:20, 22-23 state (in the King James Version): “Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen…Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 24:4: Why Was the Ex-Wife Defiled?

Today, I want to talk about Deuteronomy 24:4, which occurs within a passage that’s about divorce.  Deuteronomy 24:1-4 states in the King James Version: “(1.) When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass … Continue reading

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Finders and Owners: Appreciating Laws as Laws, Not Advanced Ethical Concepts

In this post, I’ll use as my starting-point Deuteronomy 22:1-4, which I will quote in the King James Version: “(1.)Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any … Continue reading

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Show No Pity, or Cultivate Pity?

One theme that has come up repeatedly in my reading of Deuteronomy is God’s command to the Israelites not to pity certain people.  Specifically, God in Deuteronomy commands the Israelites not to pity the following: the Canaanites (Deuteronomy 7:16), an … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy, Debts, and Student Loan Reform

In this post, I’ll blog about Deuteronomy 15:7-11.  The passage states (according to the King James Version): “(7) If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which … Continue reading

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The Different Tithing Laws in the Torah

I’m going through the Book of Deuteronomy for my daily quiet time, and what I would like to talk about in this post is the different laws on tithing in Numbers 18 and Deuteronomy.  Biblical scholars have discussed this issue … Continue reading

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