Monthly Archives: May 2015

Deuteronomy 9-12: Your disobedience, centralization of worship

Hear, Israel!  You are about to cross the Jordan and dispossess nations greater than you, conquering cities built by giants, with walls sky-high.  The LORD himself will lead you.  Remember that he is not doing this because you are virtuous, … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 5-8: Commandments

Moses reminds the Israelites of the covenant at Horeb, containing the Ten Commandments.  Moses then imparts further instructions, which they must obey willingly and faithfully, that it may go well with them and that they may increase greatly in a … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 1-4: Historical overview, massacre

Introduction: Deuteronomy is a complex text composed of 4 main sections: 3 discourses by Moses and a section describing Moses’ death.  The first discourse is mainly a historical review; the second is mainly a legal corpus; the third describes the … Continue reading

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Numbers 33-36: Itinerary, manslaying

Long list of places that the Israelites had been, starting with Egypt and ending with the steppes of Moab.  In the steppes of Moab, the LORD tells the Israelites that they shall exterminate all the Canaanites, destroy their sacred objects, … Continue reading

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Numbers 29-32: Harvest festival, massacre of Midianites, sex slavery

Detailed rules on how to observe Sukkot, the harvest festival, on the 10th day of the 7th month.  For example, on the first day the priests must sacrifice as a burnt offering a bull, a ram, 7 lambs, and meal … Continue reading

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Numbers 25-28: Public impalement, census, offerings

Some Israelites have sex with Moabite women and worship their god.  The LORD commands Moses to publicly impale all the Israelite leaders, both guilty and innocent.  Moses reduces the cruelty of the punishment, and only kills the guilty leaders.  Just … Continue reading

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Numbers 21-24: Genocide, talking donkey, blessings

The king of Arad attacks the Israelites, after which the LORD commands Israel to utterly destroy them and their cities.  The Israelites do so.  After being punished with snakes for complaining against Moses, they defeat the Amorites and occupy their … Continue reading

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