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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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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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What is the original text of Deuteronomy 32:8-9?

4QDeutj "When Elyon gave the nations as an inheritance, when he separated the sons of man, he set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God (bny 'l[hym]). For ...
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Could God be ok with some types of divination?

In Genesis 44:5 (NASB) Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses for divination? (...) and in Genesis 44:15 (NASB) Joseph said to them, “What is this thing that you have ...
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Sleeping in the grave until Christ's second coming?

Deuteronomy 31:16 (KJV) 16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, ...
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Why should an altar be made with uncut stone?

God told Moses that the altar must be made of unhewn stones: And if you make for Me an altar of stones, do not build it of hewn stones; for by wielding your tool upon them you have profaned them.&...
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What was Ruth's legal status?

I apologize in advance for the length of the question. The book of Ruth is incredibly romantic and powerful, but I don't understand the legal portion of the drama: Now Boaz had gone up to the gate ...
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Humankind divided up among the gods?

[ question originally posted here ] Deuteronomy 32:8-9 (NRSV), part of Moses' song: When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples ...
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Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?

Leviticus 11:13-19 has a list of non-kosher birds that match a list in Deuteronomy 14:11-18 (NJPS): You may eat any clean bird. The following you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, and the black ...
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How many wives does Deuteronomy allow a king to have?

According to Deuteronomy 17:14-17, there are limits to a king's possessions: When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and settled in it,...
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Is God still at war with Amalek?

After they are defeated by the Israelites at Rephidim, God promises unending judgement on Amalek in Exodus 17: 14Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in ...
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Does Hosea 1:9 contain a reference to Deut 32?

This question arose along with another stemming from the other part of this verse: In Hosea 1:9, the LORD instructs the prophet regarding his third child: קְרָא שְׁמוֹ לֹא עַמִּ֑י Call his ...
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Luke 10:27 vs Matthew 22:37 vs Deuteronomy 6:5

Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind;... Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘...
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Was Rahab a temple prostitute?

Joshua includes a dramatic story of spies, a prostitute, and subterfuge: Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim, saying, “Go, reconnoiter the region of Jericho.” So they set out, ...
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What Does "Completely Destroy" or "Drive Out" Actually Mean?

In a number of passages in the Bible, particularly surrounding the Pentateuch and following histories, there are instances where God commands the Israelites to "drive out" various groups of people or, ...
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Who are the prostitutes in Deuteronomy 23:18?

http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/23-18.htm You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the LORD your God to pay any vow, because the LORD ...
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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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What does the phrase "uncleanliness in her" refer to in Deuteronomy 24:1?

Deuteronomy 24:1 (KJV) When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her ...
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Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to the temple in Jerusalem. How should we?

Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to the temple in Jerusalem. But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there....
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Is "rape" the correct interpretation of the "עִנִּיתָֽהּ" in Deuteronomy 21:10-14?

Deuteronomy 21:10-14 (NAU) When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, and see among the captives a beautiful ...
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Why does Adonai instruct us to not prepare a goat in its mother's milk?

In the Pentateuch there are at least three repetitions of the following prohibition: Exodus 23:19b (ESV) You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk. Exodus 34:26b (ESV) You ...
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In Deuteronomy 4:13 why were the Ten Commandments written on two tablets?

When Moses is given the Ten Commandments they are apparently written on two tablets: He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on ...
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What does Romans 10 have to do with Deuteronomy 30?

Romans 10:6-7 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, ...
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What factors define meaning of "little ones" in Deuteronomy?

In Deu. 20:13-14, it is written, 13 And when the Lord your God gives it into your hand, you shall put all its males to the sword, 14 but the women and the little ones, the livestock, and everything ...
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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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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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Is John 10:30 intended to evoke the Shema?

In John 10:30, Jesus states, "I and the Father are one." The Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4 says "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one." At least on the surface both look somewhat similar. ...
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What is the meaning of "Lechem Oini" "לֶחֶם עֹנִי"?

Deuteronomy 16:3 לא תֹאכַל עָלָיו חָמֵץ שִׁבְעַת יָמִים תֹּאכַל עָלָיו מַצּוֹת לֶחֶם עֹנִי כִּי בְחִפָּזוֹן יָצָאתָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לְמַעַן תִּזְכֹּר אֶת יוֹם צֵאתְךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם כֹּל יְמֵי ...
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Does Deuteronomy 12:21 reference a missing commandment?

In Deuteronomy 12:21 G-d tells the Jewish people that when they arrive to their homeland and settle into the areas they will be assigned, "[t]hen you may slaughter of your herd and flock...as I have ...
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Was the Passover meal to be boiled according to Deuteronomy 16:5-7?

In a recent exchange, Peter Enns responded to a review of his recent book, defending what he sees as a a contradiction between Exodus 12:8-9 and (from what I can gather) Deuteronomy 16:5-7. He seems ...
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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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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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In what significant ways would the Prophet that was to come be similar to Moses? Deut 18:15

Deuteronomy 18:15 (NKJV) " The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear 1) According to this passage, in what ways was ...
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Do Deuteronomy 4:35 and 39 preclude henotheism?

I thought the Jewish God wasn't originally monotheistic. YHWH demands that Israelites worship him because he's jealous, not because the other gods do not exist. Yet I saw Deuteronomy 4:35 and 39: ...
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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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Is "Children of Israel" the only way to read Deuteronomy 32:8?

I asked a Jew and this is what she said: As for Deut 32:8, there is not a single Hebrew text that does not say 'bnei Yisrael'. Every Jewish translation of this verse says children [or sons] of ...
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How do we reconcile the morality of Deuteronomy 5:9 with 24:16 regarding punishment of children for their father's crime?

The following two passages from Deuteronomy seem to lend themselves to opposing conclusions about the morality of punishing someone for a crime committed by their father: 8“‘You shall not make for ...
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What is the connection between manna and living on the Word of God?

In Deuteronomy 8, Moses gives the theology of manna: And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know ...
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Did God resurrect Moses?

We are initial told that when Moses died God buried him and no one knows his burial place Deuteronomy 34:5-6 NASB 5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to ...
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Did God want Samson to violate a statute of Moses?

Moses commanded the Israelites not to marry a gentile in Deuteronomy 7: 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, God wanted ...
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Romans 7:9 ~ Why does Paul say the commandments were supposed to bring life but brought death

This question is on the premise that Paul is talking about Sinai Law as he refers to Adultery and Coveting. If not I will delete this question. Out of the 10 commandments only 3 are positive that we ...
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Who wrote the end of Deuteronomy?

The end of Dueteronomy tells the death of Moses and what happened then: 34:5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, 6 and he buried him in ...
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Can the Ten Commandments be interpreted as declarative?

There is a variation in how John 14:15 is translated: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." ESV “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." NASB “If you love me, keep ...
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Why is Caleb singled out for praise in Numbers 14:24?

Numbers 14 [24]But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. ...
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Swear or not swear?

In Deuteronomy 10:20 (NASB) You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. In Matthew 5:34-37 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; ...
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Deuteronomy 25:11-12, is the punishment to be taken literally? What about this case in the New Testament?

Deuteronomy 25:11-12, (DRB): 11 If two men have words together, and one begin to fight against the other, and the other's wife willing to deliver her husband out of the hand of the stronger, shall ...
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In Matthew 23:35-37 why does all of Israel's judgment fall on the final generation?

Mat 23:35-37 NIV - 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered ...
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What did people do with children in biblical times when people gathered as a congregation?

We know that small children, including infants, were present when people gathered as a congregation in biblical times; for example, in Deuteronomy 29, Moses gathered all the people of Israel and ...
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The forty days and forty nights of Moses story in Deuteronomy 9:18?

Verse-A, Exodus 24:18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights. The information above took place when Moses received ...
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Deuteronomy 23:2 How come bastards are not allowed? [closed]

Deuteronomy 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD. What kind of love of God is this? Did ...
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How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema?

How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema? Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to ...
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