Deuteronomy 7:1-11 Term Paper by Nicky

Deuteronomy 7:1-11
Analyzes the part of the fifth book of the Pentateuch or Jewish Torah, Deuteronomy 7:1-11, which includes warning against assimilation.
# 151552 | 4,275 words | 21 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 25, 2012 in History (Middle Eastern) , Religion and Theology (The Bible) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that the core of Deuteronomy, translated from the Hebrew word Devarim, which means "things or words, is a series of detailed law-codes that allow the Israelites to live in the Promised Land with fewer outside contacts. Using Deuteronomy 7:1-11, which are warnings against assimilation, the author investigates the historical issues, the scope, literary focus, cultural context and meaning in literal social connection of Deuteronomy as a whole and this part. The paper concludes that, although conservative tradition holds that Moses wrote most of the passage, most modern scholarship believes it to be a product of reform carried out under King Josiah, with later additions added after the fall of historic Judah. Two extensive summary and comparison tables and endnotes are included in the paper.

Table of Contents: Overview
Text - Warnings against Assimilation
Historical Issues
Table 1 - Parallels between Deuteronomy and Josiah's Reforms
Aim and Scope of Deuteronomy
Literary Focus
Cultural Context
Table 2 - Reinterpretation of Law in Deuteronomy
Meaning in Literal Social Connection

From the Paper:

"As an historical document, though, Deuteronomy varies from Number in terms of political history. Additionally, credit for the military exploits on the way to the Promised Land moves from "Israel sent," to "Moses sent." Listing of kingdoms, other kings and rulers, and armies are given in Numbers as pieces to conquer, while a craftier, diplomatic approach is given in Deuteronomy. Historical mandates are also in evidence; Deuteronomy (20:19-20) prohibits chopping down fruit trees during a siege, the sensible approach to this is if all the trees are used as siege weapons, there will be no food left; so, the decision is removed from any potential "general" and placed into a biblical pronouncement from God. The complex nature of tribal warfare and rivalry is also in evidence in Deuteronomy - always using the idea that God was on the side of the chosen people, there was simply no other argument available, nor was one seen as necessary; "YHWH spoke" was enough.
"It was clear that the scholars who wrote Deuteronomy no intention of fabricating the history of the Israelite people. He wished to present it objectively and base it upon the material to which he had access. Like an honest broker he began by taking, in principle, a favorable view of the material in the traditions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Aseret Hadiberot," Cited in:
  • Berrigan, D. No Gods But One: Deuteronomy. Eerdmans, 2009.
  • Bevan, D. Literature and the Bible. Rodopi Press, 2006.
  • Bradshaw, R. "Deuteronomy," Cited in:
  • Bretler, M. The Creation of History in Ancient Israel. Routledge, 1978.

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