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C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x PREFACE XIII Moses, but a later age. Deuteronomy gathers up the spiritual lessons and experiences not of a single lifetime, but of many generations of God- inspired men. It is a nobly- conceived endeavour to stir the conscience of the individual Israelite, and to infuse Israel’s whole national life with new spiritual and moral energy. And in virtue of the wonderful combina-tion of the national with the universal, which characterizes the higher teaching of the Old Testament, it fulfils a yet wider mission: it speaks in accents which all can still under-stand; it appeals to motives and principles, which can never lose their validity and truth, so long as human nature re-mains what it is: it is the bearer of a message to all time.* It is the first duty of a Commentator to explain his text; and this I have striven to do to the best of my ability, partly by summaries of the argument, partly by exegetical annota-tions. Homiletical comments, it will be borne in mind, are purposely excluded from the plan of the series; but I hope that I have not shown myself neglectful of the more distinctive features of Biblical theology, which called for explanation. The translations have for their aim exactness, rather than elegance or literary finish: they are intended to express as fully as pos-sible the force of the original Hebrew, which is sometimes very inadequately represented by the conventional rendering adopted in the English versions.† The illustrative references may in some instances appear to be unnecessarily numerous: but the force and significance of words, and the motives prompting their selection, — especially when they are nearly or entirely restricted to a particular group of writings, — can often be only properly estimated by copious, or even exhaus-tive, particulars; and the literary affinities, and influence, of Deuteronomy have seemed to me to call for somewhat full illustration. Subordinate illustrative matter — such as the discussion of special difficulties, archaeological or topo-graphical notes, & c. — has been generally distinguished from the Commentary as such by being thrown into smaller type. The explanations of various technical expressions, legal * Comp. below, pp. xix  ff., xxv f., xxviii, xxxiv,  & c. † See conspicuous examples in 425. 34. 36 614 127 2011 2221 326. 11. 16. 20 3326.

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Front MatterTitle pageCopyrightPrefaceContentsAddenda and CorrigendaPrincipal abbeviations employedIntroduction§ 1. Introductory. Outline of Contents.§ 2. Relation of Deuteronomy to the preceding Books of the Pentateuch.§ 3. Scope and Character of Deuteronomy; its dominant Ideas.§ 4. Authorship, Date, and Structure.§ 5. Language and Style.Commentary.I. 1–5. Historical Introduction.I. 6-IV. 40. Moses' First Discourse.II. 1–8a. How the IsraelitesIII. 1–7. Defeat of ‘Og, the king of Bashan, and conquest of his territory.IV. 1–40. Second part of Moses' first discourse.IV. 41–43. The Appointment by Moses of three Cities of Refuge in the trans-Jordanic Territory.IV. 44–49. Superscription to the Exposition of the Law, contained in c. 5–26. 28.V.–XXVI. XXVIII. The Exposition of the Law.V.-XI. Hortatory Introduction.V. 1–18. The covenant concluded by Jehovah with Israel at VI. 1–3. The benefits which Israel may hope to receive, if it VIII. The lessons of the wilderness.IX. 1-X. 11. A warning against self-righteousness.IX. 7-X. 11. Proof, from the history,X. 1–5. Moses narrates how, XI. 1–9. Appeal to Israel to call to mind the wondersXII.-XXVI. XXVIII. The Code of Special Laws.XII.-XIII. Laws designed to secure the Purity of Religious Worship. XIII. 1–19 (AV. XII. 32-XIII. 18). All solicitationsXIV. 22–29. Tithes.XV. 1–18. Three Laws designed to ameliorate the Condition of the Poor.XV. 19–23. Firstlings.XVI. 18-XVIII. 22. The Office-Bearers of the Theocracy.XVI. 21-XVII. 7. Four Enactments designed to preserve XVII. 1. All animals offered in sacrifice to JehovahXVII. 8-XVIII. 22. The Office-Bearers of the TheocracyXVIII. 1–8. The revenues of the Priests.XIX., XXI. 1–9. Criminal Law.XX. Three Laws designed to secure Self-control and Forbearance in the Conduct of War.XXI. 10—XXV. Miscellaneous Laws, relating chiefly to Civil and Domestic life.XXII. 13—XXIII. 1 (XXII. 30). Laws relating to MarriageXXIV. 1–4. On divorce.XXV. 1–3. Precautions against undue severityXXVI. Two liturgical ceremonies to be performed periodicallyXXVII. Instructions relative to a symbolical acceptance by the nationXXVIII. Peroration to the Deuteronomic Legislation.XXIX.-XXX. Moses' Third Discourse.XXIX. 1–8 (2–9). Moses reminds the IsraelitesXXX. 1–10. Nevertheless, if Israel in the landXXXI.-XXXIV. The closing Events of Moses' Life.XXXI. 1–8. Moses announces to the peopleXXXII. 1–43. The Song of Moses.XXXIII. The Blessing of Moses.XXXIII. 1. Superscription.XXXIV. The narrative of Moses' death.Additional Note on INDEX.
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