Deuteronomy 1-26


  1. Where were Israelites when the words recorded in Deuteronomy were spoken? 1:1-2

  2. When were the words spoken in Deuteronomy spoken? 1:3

  3. In Dt. 1:9-18, we read Moses recounting of how he came to appoint judges over the people. Also read the account in Exodus 18. The account in Exodus tells of Jethro's role in this. Notice Ex. 18:23. Was this something Moses and Jethro did on their own initiative or is this something that was done with God's approval?

  4. See Dt. 1:17 and then compare various translations of Ex. 21:6, 22:8, 22:9. What is the word in Hebrew which is sometimes translated as "God", and sometimes as "the judges"? Next, read Psalm 82. Why could these judges be called "gods"? (Hint: see Jn. 10:35 and again look at Dt. 1:17.)

  5. In Jn 10:33-36, Jesus quotes Psalm 82:6. What contrast does he make between himself and the men who were called "gods" in Psalm 82:6?

  6. Summarize Dt. 1:19-46

  7. What is discussed inchapters 2 and 3 of Deuteronomy?

  8. Of what did Moses remind the people in Dt. 4:9-14?

  9. What was the gist of the warning in Dt. 4:15-24?

  10. What consequence of idolatry was stipulated in Dt. 4:25ff

  11. What is found in Dt. 4:1-21?

  12. What is the gist of Dt. 18:9-13

  13. Explain the rules of war given in Dt. 20:10-18

  14. Explain the procedure that was to be followed "if a slain person is found lying in the open country." Dt. 21:1-9

  15. What is the gist of Dt. 21:10-14?

  16. What is the gist of Dt. 21:15-17?

  17. What was to be done with a "stubborn and rebellious son"? (Dt. 21:18-21)

  18. Note the reference to Dt. 21:22-23 in Gal. 3:13

  19. In view of Dt. 22:22, what problem do you see in the claim of the Pharisees in Jn. 8:3-4?

  20. Explain the distinction in Dt. 23:19-20 regarding charging interest.

  21. In "if...then..." sentences, the if part of the sentence is called the protasis, and the then part of the sentence is called the apodosis. Although this is not reflected in the KJV, Dt. 24:1-4 is all one sentence, and it is an "if...then..." type sentence. What verse(s) constitute the protasis and what verse(s) constitute the apodosis?

  22. What pattern do you see when you compare the laws in Dt. 21:10-14, 15-17, 22:13-19, 22:25-27, 22:28-29, 24:1-4, 24:5. Would you say these laws were given to establish the ideal relationship between the men and women as described in Gal 3:28? Would you say these laws were given to put women in their place? Would you say these laws were given to afford women a measure of protection in a world where they could be disadvantaged?

  23. What is the gist of Dt. 24:19-22. Compare Lev. 19:9-10.

  24. Dt. 25:4 is quoted in 1 Cor. 9:9. Read 1 Cor 9:9-10 and the explain for whose benefit God gave the instruction in Dt. 25:4.

  25. What is the gist of Dt. 25:5-10. What use of the principle in this passage did the Saducees make? (See Mt. 22:23-33)

  26. What did God say Israel should do about Amalek, and why? (Dt. 25:17-19). Does this help explain God's instruction to Saul in 1 Sam. 15:1-4?

  27. Upon entering the land and harvesting the first crops, what were the Israelites to do and what were they to say? (Dt. 25:1-11)