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Deuteronomy's Monotheism and the Christians the Case of Deut 6:13 and 10:20

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The service of the one God is one of the great ideas of Deuteronomy. Moses in his discourses surrounding the law code never tires of inculcating the lesson. "Yahweh is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other" (4:39). This chapter deals with the concept of the incomparability of Yahweh, one may expect the monotheistic religions of late antiquity, Judaism and Christianity, to exploit these statements to underpin their argument. The material ready for checking this, however, is huge. The chapter therefore concentrates on some uses of Deuteronomy 6:13 and 10:20, especially their first two clauses, in early Christian literature. In the Septuagint the first two clauses of Deut 6:13 are identical with those of 10:20. In the close rendering of the Hebrew parent text which we read in the fourth century uncial MSS.

Keywords: Christianity; Deuteronomy; God; Hebrew parent text; Judaism; monotheistic religions



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