Category Archives: Deuteronomy

Levenson-heart, soul, and might

I am reading and blogging about Jon Levenson’s book, The Love of God. Levenson deals with midrash and other interpretations of the Bible in rabbinic writings.  I don’t know a lot about rabbinic thought.  Some of this chapter touches on … Continue reading

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Levenson-love as obligation

How can emotion be commanded?  Yet the shema of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 contains the command “You shall love the Lord your God.”  Most marriage ceremonies include the promise to love.  Yet love as passion is a fickle thing that comes and goes. … Continue reading

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Carr-mouth and scroll in Deuteronomy and Jeremiah

David M. Carr in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart demonstrates how Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History (DH) in Joshua-2 Kings hold the oral and the written together. Deuteronomy has much in common with wisdom literature. In the first … Continue reading

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Cook-canonical shaping

I have been reading people who use Canonical Criticism to understand Scripture since I read Brevard Childs’ introductions to the Old and New Testaments in the late ‘80s,  But I have been uncomfortable with this and related approaches even while finding … Continue reading

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Cook-Moses dies alone

In Stephen L. Cook’s Reading Deuteronomy I have come to the final chapter and the death of Moses. Moses dies alone on Mount Nebo.  No one knows where exactly.  “He buried him” (Deuteronomy 34:6) means that God buried him.  No … Continue reading

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Cook-the Blessing of Moses

Although given a literary framework by exilic editors, the poem in Deuteronomy 33:6-25 is probably even older than the Song of Moses in the previous chapter.  Stephen L. Cook in Reading Deuteronomy puts this poem, the Blessing of Moses, back … Continue reading

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Cook-3 successors to Moses

I am always looking for something I had not considered before. As an interim pastor, I have often talked about the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua.  It fits the theme of a transition of leadership from a resigned … Continue reading

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