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C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x PREFACE. THE aim of the present volume ( in accordance with the plan of the series, of which it forms part) is to supply the English reader with a Commentary which, so far as the writer’s powers permit it, may be abreast of the best scholarship and know-ledge of the day. Deuteronomy is one of the most attractive, as it is also one of the most important, books of the Old Testament; and a Commentary which may render even ap-proximate justice to its many- sided contents has for long been a desideratum in English theological literature.  Certainly the Hebrew text ( except in parts of c. 32. 33)  is not, as a rule, difficult; nevertheless, even this has frequently  afforded me the opportunity of illustrating delicacies of Hebrew usage, which might escape the attention of some readers. On the other hand, the contents of Deuteronomy call for much ex-planation and discussion: they raise many difficult and con-troverted questions; and they afford frequent scope for inte-resting and sometimes far- reaching inquiry. Deuteronomy stands out conspicuously in the literature of the Old Testa-ment: it has important relations, literary, theological, and historical, with other parts of the Old Testament; it possesses itself a profound moral and spiritual significance; it is an epoch- making expression of the life and feeling of the pro-phetic nation. I have done my best to give due prominence to these and similar characteristic features; and by pointing out both the spiritual and other factors which Deuteronomy pre-supposes, and the spiritual and other influences which either originated with it, or received from it a fresh impulse, to define the position which it occupies in the national and religious history of Israel. Deuteronomy, moreover, by many XI

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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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