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The fifth book of the bible and the conclusion of the Torah (five books of Moses). Consists primarily of Moses's final instructions to Israel at the end of the 40 years in the desert. Ends with Moses's death.

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Deuteronomy 23:3 Why were Ruth's descendants allowed in the Temple

Deuteronomy 23:3 states that "No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the LORD. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the LORD forever," Therefore, If Ruth was ...
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Why seriously different translations of Deuteronomy 20:19?

I notice Deuteronomy 20:19 has quite a few different translations. An underlying reason is given in Why so many different translations of Deuteronomy 32:8? as differences in Masoretic and Septuagint ...
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What is the significance of setting out tithes in Deuteronomy 14:28?

Deuteronomy 14:28-29 NASB “At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your town. The Levite, because he has no portion or ...
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Why did God command the Israelites to drive out and kill different nations in Deuteronomy 7

1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the ...
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Why so much killing [closed]

How did God justify taking over others lands and killing all of other tribes in the process?! (Numbers, Deuteronomy)
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Does Deuteronomy 33:19 show that sacrifices were allowed outside of the place of the Tabernacle?

18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. 19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for ...
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What does "the assembly of the LORD" refer to?

Deuteronomy 23:1-8 lists some people that are forbidden to enter "the assembly of the LORD". Deuteronomy 23:1-8 (NKJ) Those Excluded from the Congregation 1 “He who is emasculated by ...
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Fieldstone on Ebal Altar

I was wondering if the fieldstone found on the Altar on Mt. Ebal has any other names or a proper name, or what its composition might be of? If anyone knows? I am assuming what is fieldstone in Kansas ...
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Different translations of "yᵊhōvâ 'ĕlōhîm yᵊhōvâ 'eḥāḏ"

In Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV) (...) The LORD our God is one LORD According to the Blueletterbible this part comes from yᵊhōvâ 'ĕlōhîm yᵊhōvâ 'eḥāḏ Check other bible versions. In general, there's ...
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Why did God command the Israelites to leave nothing alive that breathes in Deuteronomy 20:16-18?

I was reading through the scriptures yesterday and I came across Deuteronomy 20:16-18, where God commands the Israelites to leave nothing that breaths alive, the entire verse says and I quote: But of ...
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Is Deuteronomy 22:28 talking about rape?

Some folks assert that this passage describes the Torah's sole punishment for rape: If a man comes upon a virgin who is not engaged and he seizes her and lies with her, and they are discovered, the ...
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Did the Israelites pay one, or two tithes?

On the website: "Hebrew Nations" the 'two-tithes' proposition is outlined: The Two Tithes The Tribe of Levi was divided into 2 major sections, Cohens (Priests) and Levites. The First Tithe was ...
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Did Elijah violate the law in 1 Kings 18:19-20?

Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a contest which involves sacrifices at mount Carmel which is somehow outside the jurisdiction of the temple 1 Kings 18:19-20 NASB Now then, send orders and ...
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Why does Moses speak in first person in Deuteronomy?

The Book of Genesis does not mention Moses but in the middle 3 books Moses as the main protagonist and prophet is referred to in third person. In Deuteronomy however Moses speaks in first person ...
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Does Deuteronomy 25:5 Permit Polygamy?

In the verse it states If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, ...
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Which prophet talked with God face to face

Jewish understanding of Deut. 18:18 is that the prophet like Moses is Joshua. Deut. 34:10 says to be like Moses means that the prophet would talk with God face to face. Did Joshua talk with God like ...
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No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord.... even to the 10th generation. Deut, 23:2 NASB. Really? [closed]

Were not some of Jacob's sons illegitimate?
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Explanation of Sabbath please!

In Genisis YHWH rests on the sabbath grammatically and historically; does the Hebrew term, "sabbath" refer to rest in general, by a deity, or does it refer to rest on a designated day, the ...
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To those who believe Deut 22:28-29 is not about rape, what is the punishment for rape of an unbetrothed woman?

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (NKJV): If a man finds a young woman who is a virgin, who is not betrothed, and he seizes her and lies with her, and they are found out, then the man who lay with her shall give ...
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Meaning of Deuteronomy 18:8

Deuteronomy 18:6-9 reads (NIV), If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose, 7 he may minister ...
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What does it mean to offer the tithe to the dead in Deuteronomy 26:14?

Deuteronomy 26 NASB 14 I have not eaten of it [h]while mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor offered any of it to the dead. I have listened to the voice of the Lord my God;...
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Deut, 12:23,NASB - "Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life (soul/spirit)". Are "blood transfusions" a form of eating? [closed]

We know that in the time of Moses, abstaining from "eating" the blood of animal sacrifices was required by the Israelites - in order that it may go well with them and their sons after them - ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Abraham married his sister: 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister,...
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Is a plural nature of God the best explanation for the use of el, ĕlôha, and ĕlōhîm in Deuteronomy?

The vocabulary of Deuteronomy identifies God using three different words: el, ĕlôha, and ĕlōhîm. el and ĕlôha are singular; ĕlōhîm is plural. There are even passages where two different words are used ...
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What gods did the Amorites worship?

1 Kings 21:26 He became completely abominable by going after idols, just as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord drove out of the Israelites’ way. When studying the different people groups in ...
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How is Deut. 2:29 reconciled with Num. 20:18-21?

After the Exodus, and prior to the conquest of Sihon and Og, Israel attempted to pass through Edom. (The Edomites were the descendents of Esau.) Numbers 20:18-21 records Edom's response as follows: ...
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Does God condone rape in Deuteronomy 22:28-29?

In Deuteronomy 22:28-29 it speaks of a woman who is forced into sex and it says that the women must then marry her husband, in this verse does God condone the act of rape? Deuteronomy 22:28-29 says: ...
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Deut 34: "And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died:" Was this prophetic or just a coincidence?

It seems that Moses died at exactly 120 years old or at least in his 120th year, according to Deut 34:7: And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his ...
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Suffer the sins of your parents (Deut 5:9) or not (Ezk 18:2)

In Ezekiel 18:2, Ezekiel conveys a message from God to the people of Israel. Why do you quote this proverb concerning the land of Israel: ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, but their children’s ...
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What's the difference between wine and strong drink?

Deuteronomy 14:26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:15, who or what is "Belial"?

2Co 6:15 What harmony exists between the Messiah and Beliar, or what do a believer and an unbeliever have in common? "Belial aka Beliar" is a Hebrew word meaning something like "worthlessness one":...
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Does God love those who love Him and hate those who hate Him?

Deuteronomy 7:9-10 NASB Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep ...
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Was there something significant about choosing the tribes in Deuteronomy 27:12-13?

Deuteronomy 27:12-13 KJV 12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin: 13 And these ...
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In light of Deuteronomy 21 & 24, was the hanging of Saul's descendants in 2 Samuel 21 a violation of the law?

Deuteronomy 21:22:23 (NKJV) 22 “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall ...
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Do the ten commandments cascade from the greatest to the least in Exodus 20:1-17?

In Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 the commandments are listed in a more or less similar way.Was thinking whether there are listed this way so as to potray a cascading pattern from the greatest ...
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Why was David allowed to take more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, during the establishment of his government, in direct violation of Deut, 17:17

Deut, 17:17a, specifically says:- "Neither shall he (the king) multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away" It seems that David was able to get away with almost anything when it ...
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Ancient Bible Hebrew Deuteronomy 18:15

In Deuteronomy 18:15 when Moses is talking to the Israelites about the prophet to come, he says: נָבִ֨יא מִקִּרְבְּךָ֤ מֵאַחֶ֙יךָ֙ כָּמֹ֔נִי יָקִ֥ים לְךָ֖ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ אֵלָ֖יו תִּשְׁמָעֽוּן׃ I ...
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Obeying Deuteronomy 4:2 - Where specifically in the Bible does "The Word" (הַדָּבָר֙) stop, if we are not suppose to add to it?

We read in Devarim 4:2 a commandment : "Lo Tosifu al Ha-Davar" translated as "Do Not Add to The-Word"... Where does The-Word stop, if we are not suppose to add to it? Devarim / ...
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Deuteronomy 18:15 "from among your midst, from your brothers"

This is a follow-up to a comment at Ancient Bible Hebrew Deuteronomy 18:15. In the phrase מִקִּרְבְּךָ֤ מֵאַחֶ֙יךָ֙ the second word מֵאַחֶ֙יךָ֙ is an apposition, so both words have the same referent. ...
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Can Paul’s hermeneutic re: Mosaic law in 1 Corinthians 9:9 be extended? Specifically re: Deuteronomy 22:6-7?

Paul makes an allegorical interpretation of Mosaic law of Deuteronomy 25:4: 1 Corinthians 9: 8-10 NIV 8 Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? 9 For it is ...
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Whose idea was it to send the spies to scout the land of Israel?

In Numbers 13 we are told that God commanded Moshe to sends the twelve spies to scout out the land: 1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Send thou men, that they may spy out the land of ...
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How to reconcile Deuteronomy 13 and 18

In Deuteronomy 13 the warning is sometimes a prophet prophecies come true but then he teaches worshipping false gods so that makes him a false prophet even if his prophecy or miracles come true but ...
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Does the passage from Deuteronomy 17:5-7 regarding idolatry also establish legal principles for other cases?

Does the passage from Deuteronomy 17:5-7 regarding idolatry also establish legal principles for other cases, such as the adulterous woman mentioned in the New Testament John 8:5? Deuteronomy 17:5-7 ...
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Is the father of the raped woman in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 able to refuse marriage?

28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father ...
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Why in many cases, the translation inverts the future with the past (for example in Deuteronomy 34)?

I perceived during the reading of this week's Torah parashah (Deutornomy/Devariam 34:6) that the verb in יִּקְבֹּ֨ר is in the future: וַיִּקְבֹּ֨ר אֹת֤וֹ בַגַּי֙ בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מוֹאָ֔ב מ֖וּל בֵּ֣ית ...
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What is the best interpretation of the “finger of God” in the Old Testament?

The "finger of God" as used in the Old Testament seems to depict two diversely annotated acts of God. First, in Exodus 8:16–20, during the plagues of Egypt, it is used by the Egyptian priests to ...
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Did the last day of Moses start in Deuteronomy 9:1?

Deuteronomy 9:1 New International Version Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to ...
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When was Deuteronomy chapters 26-29 probably written and why? [closed]

When was Deuteronomy chapters 26-29 probably written, and why?
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Were all debts released in Deuteronomy 15:2?

KJV Deuteronomy 15 : 2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because ...
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Do these passages Dt. 12 , Jer. 7 and Judges 11 hint that human sacrifice was offered to the LORD more often than we like to think?

We ordinarily think of human sacrifice in the Bible as being offered to Baal, Moloch, Chemosh or other Canaanite deities. But in the following verses we have a) a warning not to worship God in a ...

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