Deuteronomy 5–6: On “Fam Deevs,” Mar Duke, and the Shema (Bible Talk, Ep. 56)

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Among Scripture’s most well-known passages is the Shema: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex chats with Jim and Sam about Deuteronomy 5–6.


1:49 / Is Deuteronomy 5 the beginning of Moses’ second speech? What’s the content of it?

3:19 / Is Moses giving Israel the most important laws to start chapter five?

4:40 / Why does Moses say the Lord made a covenant with you at Horeb, when most of his audience (at the very least) wasn’t there?

5:14 / What’s different about the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5 and Exodus 20?

7:17 / What happens after Moses’ repetition of the Ten Commandments?

11:15 / Sam sees hope for Israel, in spite of its future disobedience to these commands.

12:29 / Why doesn’t the Lord give Israel the heart they need?

13:36 / Why doesn’t the Hebrew language have a word for “mind?”

15:17 / Does Deuteronomy transition in chapter six to a summary of the law?

16:29 / Jim points out the connection between teaching the Word and fearing the Lord.

18:58 / Sam explains how Israel is meant to enter the Promised Land as a new Adam. 

20:27 / What role does Deuteronomy 6:4-9 play in the lives of Jewish people, then and now?

21:27 / Why has Deuteronomy 6:4 likely been regularly recited throughout Israel’s history?

22:49 / Does Paul pick up the language of Deuteronomy 6:4 as a Christological formula? (1 Cor. 8:6)

23:20 / Sam says not to miss verse five in the Shema.

26:01 / Are the Israelites supposed to literally bind the Lord’s commands as signs on their hands and make them frontlets between their eyes?

27:00 / How do I get a heart that loves God?

29:31 / What makes the Great Commandment the greatest?

30:54 / At the summit of Israel’s theological literature, what would you expect Moses to say next? What does he say next?

33:20 / What kind of man will be constantly repeating the words of the Torah?

34:13 / Jim shares how he’s sought to make Scripture memorization a feature of his household.

37:44 / What happens the rest of Deuteronomy 6?

41:05 / What I must do, in order to achieve righteousness, is obey? (Deut. 6:25)

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