Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Title

Date and Writer

Scope

Character and theme

Theology

Importance

Genre

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. INTRODUCTION: the Covenant setting 1:1-5

II. MOSES' FIRST MAJOR ADDRESS: A REVIEW OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS 1:64:40

A. God's past dealings with Israel 1:63:29

1. God's guidance from Sinai to Kadesh 1:6-46

2. The march from Kadesh to the Amorite frontier 2:1-23

3. The conquest of the kingdom of Sihon 2:24-37

4. The conquest of the kingdom of Og 3:1-11

5. A review of the distribution of the conquered land 3:12-20

6. Moses' anticipation of future blessing 3:21-29

B. An exhortation to observe the law faithfully 4:1-40

1. The appeal to hearken and obey 4:1-8

2. God's appearance at Mt. Horeb 4:9-14

3. The prohibition of idolatry 4:15-24

4. The consequences of idolatry 4:25-31

5. The uniqueness of Yahweh and Israel 4:32-40

III. HISTORICAL INTERLUDE: preparation for the covenant text 4:41-49

A. The appointment of cities of refuge in Transjordan 4:41-43

B. Introduction to the second address 4:44-49

IV. MOSES' SECOND MAJOR ADDRESS: AN EXPOSITION OF THE LAW chs. 526

A. The essence of the law and its fulfillment chs. 511

1. Exposition of the Decalogue and its promulgation ch. 5

Introduction 5:1-6

The first commandment 5:7

The second commandment 5:8-10

The third commandment 5:11

The fourth commandment 5:12-15

The fifth commandment 5:16

The sixth commandment 5:17

The seventh commandment 5:18

The eighth commandment 5:19

The ninth commandment 5:20

The tenth commandment 5:21

Concluding narrative 5:22-33

2. Exhortation to love Yahweh ch. 6

Exhortation to observe the principles 6:1-3

The essence of the principles 6:4-5

Exhortation to teach the principles 6:6-9

Exhortation to give Yahweh exclusive recognition, worship, and obedience 6:10-19

Exhortation to remember the past 6:20-25

3. Examples of the application of the principles chs. 711

Command to destroy the Canaanites and their idolatry ch. 7

Warning against pride and forgetfulness of God ch. 8

Warning against self-righteousness 9:110:11

Admonition to fear and love God 10:12-22

The consequences of obedience and disobedience ch. 11

B. An exposition of selected covenant laws Chs. 1225

1. Laws arising from the first commandment 12:1-31

The central sanctuary 12:1-14

Regulations concerning blood 12:15-28

Pagan gods 12:29-31

2. Laws arising from the second commandment 12:3213:18

The prophet or receiver of a dream 12:3213:5

The relative or friend 13:6-11

The town 13:12-18

3. Laws arising from the third commandment 14:1-21

4. Laws arising from the fourth commandment 14:2216:17

The application of the tithe of produce 14:22-29

The rights of the poor and vulnerable in Israel 15:1-18

The sanctification of firstborn cattle 15:19-23

The celebration of Passover, Firstfruits, and Tabernacles 16:1-17

5. Laws arising from the fifth commandment 16:1818:22

Judges and similar officials 16:1817:13

Kings 17:14-20

Priests and Levites 18:1-8

Prophets 18:9-22

6. Laws arising from the sixth commandment 19:122:8

Manslaughter 19:1-13

Witnesses 19:14-21

War ch. 20

Unsolved murders 21:1-9

Wives and children 21:10-21

Limits on a husband's authority 21:10-14

Limits on a father's authority 21:15-17

The punishment of an incorrigible child 21:18-21

Respect for life 21:2222:8

The burial of a hanged person 21:22-23

Preventing accidental death 22:1-8

7. Laws arising from the seventh commandment 22:923:18

Illustrations of the principle 22:9-12

The marriage relationship 22:13-30

Public worship 23:1-8

Personal hygiene 23:9-14

The treatment of the disadvantaged 23:15-16

Cultic personnel 23:17-18

8. Laws arising from the eighth commandment 23:1924:7

Lending with interest 23:19-20

Making vows 23:21-23

Eating standing crops 23:24-25

Marital duties and rights 24:1-5

Stealing livelihood and life 24:6-7

9. Laws arising from the ninth commandment 24:825:4

Leaders 24:8-9

Debtors 24:10-15

Individual responsibility 24:16

The indigent 24:17-22

Criminals 25:1-3

Animals 25:4

10. Laws arising from the tenth commandment 25:5-19

Selfishness in levirate marriage 25:5-10

Unfair defense by a wife 25:11-12

Dishonest weights and measures 25:13-16

Desire for peace at any price 25:17-19

C. Covenant celebration, confirmation, and conclusion ch. 26

1. Laws of covenant celebration and confirmation 26:1-15

The presentation of the firstfruits 26:1-11

The presentation of the third-year tithe 26:12-15

2. Summary exhortation 26:16-19

V. PREPARATIONS FOR RENEWING THE COVENANT 27:129:1

A. The ceremony at Shechem 27:1-13

B. The curses that follow disobedience to specific stipulations 27:14-26

C. The blessings that follow obedience 28:1-14

D. The curses that follow disobedience to general stipulations 28:15-68

E. Narrative interlude 29:1

VI. MOSES' THIRD MAJOR ADDRESS: AN EXHORTATION TO OBEDIENCE 29:230:20

A. An appeal for faithfulness 29:2-29

1. Historical review 29:2-8

2. The purpose of the assembly 29:9-15

3. The consequences of disobedience 29:16-29

B. A call to decision ch. 30

1. The possibility of restoration 30:1-10

2. The importance of obedience 30:11-20

VII. MOSES' LAST ACTS chs. 3134

A. The duties of Israel's future leaders 31:1-29

1. The presentation of Joshua 31:1-8

2. The seventh year covenant renewal ceremony 31:9-13

3. The commissioning of Joshua 31:14-23

4. The preservation of God's words 31:24-29

B. The Song of Moses 31:3032:44

1. The introduction to the song 31:30

2. The song itself 32:1-43

3. The conclusion to the song 32:44

C. Narrative interlude 32:45-52

1. Moses' exhortation to obedience 32:45-47

2. The announcement of Moses' death 32:48-52

D. Moses' blessing of the tribes ch. 33

E. Moses' death and burial: narrative epilogue ch. 34

Conclusion

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