JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy דברים | Notes & Review

Posted on May 20, 2010

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Jeffrey Tigay. JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy דברים. The Jewish Publication Society, 1996. (548 pages)

THE COMMENTARY TO DEUTERONOMY

INTRODUCTION

The Title | notes…

The Text | notes…

The Character and Structure of the Book | notes…

The Main Themes of Deuteronomy | Monotheism. Loyalty to the Lord. The concept of God. Covenant. Love. Israel.  Israel and the Nations. The Land. Law. Centralization of Sacrificial Worship. Desacralization. Intellectual orientation. Humanitariansim. Style.

The Date and Background of Deuteronomy | notes…

The Composition and History of Deuteronomy | notes…

Deuteronomy in the Ongoing Jewish Tradition | notes…

HEADING (3)

PROLOGUE: MOSES’ FIRST DISCOURSE (6)

RETROSPECTIVE ON THE FORTY-YEAR SOJOURN IN THE WILDERNESS AND THE LESSONS OF THAT PERIOD (6)

EXHORTATIONS TO OBSERVE GOD’S LAWS (40)

MOSES’ SECOND DISCOURSE: THE COVENANT MADE IN MOAB (58)

PROLOGUE TO THE LAWS: THE THEOPHANY AND COVENANT AT HOREB (60)

PREAMBLE TO THE LAWS GIVEN IN MOAB (74)

THE LAWS GIVEN IN MOAB (117)

CONCLUSOIN TO THE LAWS (244)

MOSES’ THIRD DISCOURSE: EXHORTATIONS TO OBSERVE THE COVENANT MADE IN MOAB (274)

EPILOGUE: MOSES’ LAST DAYS (288)

MOSES’ PREPARATION OF ISRAEL FOR THE FUTURE (288)

MOSES’ POEM (HA’AZINU) 298)

MOSES’ FAREWELL BLESSINGS OF ISRAEL (317)

THE DEATH OF MOSES (336)

EXCURSUSES TO THE DEUTERONOMY COMMENTARY

1. The Historical Geography of Deuteronomy (417)

2. Deuteronomy 1-3 and Other Accounts of the Same Events (422)

3. The Concept of War in Deuteronomy (430)

4. “The LORD” (431)

5. The Promises of Reinstatement (4:29-31 and 30:1-10) (432)

6. Moses and Monotheism (4:32-39) (433)

7. The Biblical View of the origin of Polytheism (4:19-20 and 32:8-9) (435)

8. Cross-Generational Retribution (5:9-10 and 7:9-10) (436)

9. “A Land Oozing Milk and Honey” (6:3 etc.) (437)

10. The Shema (6:4) (438)

11. Tefillin and Mezuzot (6:8-9 and 11:18, 20) (441)

12. The Golden Calf (9:9-21) (445)

13. The Arrangement of the Laws in Deuteronomy (12:2-26:15) (446)

14. The Restriction of Sacrifice to a Single Sanctuary (Deuteronomy 12) (459)

15. Child Sacrifice and Passing Children Through Fire (12:31 and 18:10) (464)

16. The Laws of Deuteronomy 15 (466)

17. The Name of the Feast of Booths (16:13 and 16) (469)

18. The Proscription of the Canaanites (7:1-2, 7:16 and 20:15-18) (470)

19. The Ceremony of the Broken-Necked Heifer (21:1-9) (472)

20. Accusations of Premarital Unchastity (22:13-22) (476)

21. The Background and Development of the Regulations about Admission to the Assembly of the Lord (23:2-9) (477)

22. The Alleged Practice of Cultic Prostitution in the Ancient Near East (23:18-29) (480)

23. Levirate Marriage (25:5-10) (482)

24. Improper Intervention in a Fight (25:11-12) (484)

25. Deuteronomy 27 (486)

26. The Structure and Style of Deuteronomy 28 (489)

27. The Literary Background of Deuteronomy 28 (489)

28. The Writing and Reading of the Teaching (31:9-13) (498)

29. The Composition of Deuteronomy 31 (502)

30. The Poem Ha’azinu (32:1-43) (508)

31. Text and Theology in Deuteronomy 32:8 and 43 (513)

32. The Sources of Deuteronomy 32:48-52 (518)

33. The Blessing of Moses (Deuteronomy 33) (519)