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The Book of Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible or the last book of the Pentateuch Deuteronomy literally means Second Law This title conveys its nature and purpose In other words this book is a repetition of the law that was given to Moses and his people on Mount Sinai It is also a completion and explanation of that law Besides that this book also continues on from previous events that happened in the first four books of the Bible It helps to bring to focus and interpret the messages that are in the first four books In Greek Deuteronomy means a copy of this law in a book In Hebrew its name comes from the phrase these are the words The Book of Deuteronomy was written centuries after the Israelites had lived on the Land of Promise Moses is believed to be the author If he is the author it was written around thirteenth century BC Joshua was most likely although it is not certain the author who concluded the book with the event of Mosess death Moses relates all events that happen in this book with a spiritual lesson He takes the laws that the Lord gave His people nearly forty years before the time that the writings of this book took place and adapts it to the people and events of that time A main characteristic that sets the book of Deuteronomy apart from the other books of the Bible is its vigorous oratorical style The Holy Bible 147 In other words it is a style which involves much thought coming from the author The events in this book took place within no more than forty days The events occurred mainly in only three places They were in the plains of Moab between the end of the wandering of the desert which lasted forty years and the crossing of the Jordan River Deuteronomy The purpose of the book
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