Day 60

Deuteronomy 5-7

Chapter 5

So continuing Moses’ speech on rules, this is just a rehash of the 10 Commandments, for the benefit of the Israelites who weren’t born when Moses first received them. Ho-hum. Let’s liven them up…

 Chapter 6

deut 6This chapter just continues the use of fear tactics to pound in the importance of following the rules. More ho-hum.

V 4 is the famous Shema Yisrael. We’ll be running across this little ditty several more times, including in the gospels of the New Testament, where it’ll be quoted.

Verses 10-11 promote quite the sense of entitlement – do they strike anyone as fair? Is this where we get our morality?

Chapter 7

Yahweh sets out to exterminate all the other peoples in the area he has chosen for the Israelites. (spoiler alert: it won’t happen….) In verse 20 he even promises to send hornets to help with the genocide; interesting that ‘hornet’ has been replaced by the less graphic ‘terror’ in some modern translations.

asherah-poleIn Deuteronomy 7:5 god Yahweh orders the destruction of ‘Asherah poles’ – wooden symbols/statues of the Canaanite goddess of fertility. The name of the goddess was omitted from the KJV (why?), but appears in the Hebrew-English version and has been reinstated in modern translations.

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