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Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8
Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20
Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24
Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28
Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32
Chapter 33 Chapter 34

Book Overview - Deuteronomy

by Joseph Sutcliffe


The title of this Book in the Hebrew is, אלה הדברים ELLEH HA-DEBAREEM, these are the words; or, ספר דברים SEPHER DEBAREEM, the book of the words. Some of the Jews called it, the Misne, or repetition of the law; others, the Book of Admonition. But the Seventy Jews who translated the Pentateuch into Greek, called it Deuteronomy, from νομος Nomos the law, and δευτερος Deuteros a second time. Moses, being now one hundred and twenty years of age, possessing recollection and all his faculties unimpaired, employed the last five weeks of his life in repeating the law to the new generation, and enriched it with glosses, improvements, and new revelations. The divine authenticity of this book is fully allowed by many quotations in the New Testament. Here our Saviour found a threefold weapon to repel the tempter. The last chapter is supposed to have been written by Joshua, or under his sanction. Moses commences by a rehearsal of events since the Exodus from Egypt; he discovers throughout the sublime spirit of a divine lawgiver and preacher, and closes his work with luminous prophecies of future times.

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