2.22.08 - Biblical Perspectives UCBP 101 Reading Guide...

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Biblical Perspectives UCBP 101 Reading Guide : Deuteronomy; Friedman, chapters 5, 6, 7 The book of Deuteronomy is cast as a series of speeches or sermons delivered by Moses just before the people cross over into the promised land. As the last book in the Torah, Deuteronomy shares themes with the earlier books of the law, but modern scholars have shown that Deuteronomy also shares many perspectives with the historical books that describe the conquest of the promised land and monarchy, e.g., Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, and they frequently speak of Deuteronomy plus these books as the "Deuteronomistic History." Both ties will concern us in our discussion. You may want to refresh your memory about the dates and importance of Hezekiah and Josiah, two Judean kings, by glancing at chapter 4 of Friedman. His detective story continues in 5-7 as he works to uncover the identity of the biblical authors. Don't get lost in the details; instead, pay attention to the following big ideas: 1. What evidence does Friedman offer that the book of Deuteronomy dates
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