V. Outline

V. Outline

The following outline traces the unfolding of Deuteronomy as the exhortation and plea of Moses to all Israel to do the whole Torah of Yahweh.

  1. Introduction: Theological, Literary, and Historical (1:1-5)
  2. Moses' First Exhortatory Address (1:6-4:43)
    1. Distrust in Yahweh—Failure To Take the Land (1:6-46)
    2. Israel Begins to Possess the Land (2:1-3:22)
    3. Yahweh Lets Moses See the Land (3:23-29)
    4. Moses Charges Israel to Take the Land (4:1-40)
    5. Moses Appoints Cities of Refuge East of the Jordan (4:41-43)
  3. Moses' Second Exhortatory Address (4:44-28:68)
    1. Stipulations, Decrees, and Laws, East of the Jordan (4:44-49)
    2. Summons to Commitment to the Covenant Established at Horeb (5:1-11:32)
    3. Summons to Commitment to the Covenant Established at Horeb: Represented and Expanded in Moab (12:1-26:19)
      1. Purity and unity of Israel's worship (12:1-13:18)
      2. Purity/holiness of Yahweh's people (14:1-21)
      3. Economics of Yahweh's people (14:22-15:23)
      4. The religious year of Yahweh's people (16:1-17)
      5. Leaders of God's people (16:18-18:22)
      6. Social shalom of God's people (19:1-21)
      7. Military conduct/theology of God's people (20:1-20)
      8. Removal of blood guilt of Yahweh's people (21:1-9)
      9. Justice, holiness, love, and mercy: Character of God's society (21:1-25:19)
      10. The thanksgiving celebration of God's people in the land (26:1-15)
      11. Yahweh, your God: You, his people, follow his decrees/laws (26:16-19)
    4. Covenant Ritual of Commitment Upon Entering the Land (27:1-26)
    5. Recounting the Blessings/Cursings of the Covenant (28:1-68)
  4. Moses' Third Exhortatory Address (29:1-30:20)
  5. Moses' Closing Exhortatory Words and Acts (31:1-33:29)
  6. Death, Eulogy of Moses; Joshua's Success (34:1-12)