Deuteronomy 1–3: On Moses’ Final Words on the Cusp of the Cusp of the Promised Land (Bible Talk, Ep. 54)

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We’ve finally arrived at the last book of the Torah. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Deuteronomy 1–3, as the people of Israel are at the cusp of the cusp of the Promised Land.


2:38 / Where are we in the story of Israel as Deuteronomy begins?

3:21 / What’s the structure of Deuteronomy?

5:49 / What should we think about comparisons between Deuteronomy and suzerain vassal treaties? 

10:04 / How are the first three chapters of Deuteronomy different than Numbers 33 in their retelling of Israel’s history?

12:22 / Why does Moses recount his Exodus 18-appointment of Israel’s leaders? What does this passage have to do with biblical justice?

15:12 / How does Moses want the people of Israel to act in light of their history?

19:24 / How does Moses characterize the 38 years Israel spent yo-yoing around the wilderness?

20:50 / Jim commentates on Moses thinking through his own demise at the end of Deuteronomy 3.

23:58 / How does Moses portray his own actions?

25:47 / Where are we headed in Deuteronomy?

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Painting: Moses Shown the Promised LandWest (1801)

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