Encountering the Old Testament, 3rd Edition

A Christian Survey

series: Encountering Biblical Studies

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9. Deuteronomy: Restoring the Covenant

Discussion Questions

  1. What was the purpose for the writing of Deuteronomy?
  2. Why do you think that Moses’s speeches are in the form of a chiasm?
  3. What should be included today if a religious leader were to make a speech about the law?
  4. Why did Moses address monotheism?
  5. How could the blessings and cursings of the covenant in chapter 28 be applied to us today?
  6. What is the value in studying Hittite documents?
  7. What is the relationship between Deuteronomy and the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings?

Class Activities

  1. Divide the class into groups of five or six students. Assign each group one of the three speeches of Moses. Have the group analyze the speech, focusing on how this speech was related to the covenant. Have all of the groups share their conclusions in a feedback session. Class time allowed: 25 minutes.