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Deuteronomy And Polity In The Early History Of Jewish Interpretation

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The Hebrew biblical book of Deuteronomy presents itself as containing Moses' final exhortations and commands to the people of Israel just prior to his death and their entry into the holy land, in which he recapitulates and extends the previously-told history and laws of Israel from Horeb to Moab. This chapter focuses presently on four specific aspects of broader question. The Deuteronomic innovation of referring repeatedly to Torah as a "book" emphasizes the importance of its having been recorded in writing, even if it also had been and was to be committed to memory. Central to the credibility and functionality of any polity is the defining and assigning of the roles of those who would interpret its rules and judge its constituents thereby.

Keywords: Deuteronomy; Jewish Interpretation; Torah



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