TH5601 - Book of Deuteronomy


Book of Deuteronomy


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Although not a Classical Hebrew module, this in-depth programme exploring Deuteronomy will centre on the
exposition of the text with an emphasis on the theology and issues raised by the book. Students will gain
awareness of the critical issues surrounding Deuteronomy, including authorship, dating and provenance. The list of
topics covered in the twenty lectures is as follows:

1. Introduction, Authorship, Date and Provenance          

2. Literary and theological considerations                             

3. OT law and the Christian: hermeneutical issues            

4. Problems and inconsistencies in Deuteronomy            

(eg. Central sanctuary: one or many? Penal code:            

Children not to die for sins of parents cf. Achan.               

How many tithes, 1 or 3? Boundary issues).                        

5. Moses’ First Address: 1:1-4:43 "Remember"  

6. Moses' Second Address: 4:44-26:19 "Obey"   

Ten Commandments Dt. 5-7                                      

7. Deuteronomy 8-9                                                      

8. Deuteronomy 10-11 Concluding Remarks

9. Dt. legal code: worship (Dt. 12-14)

10. Excursus: Canaanite worship and practice

11. Jubilee and major festivals (Dt. 14:21-16:22)

12. National leadership (Dt. 17-18)

13. Criminal law: Killing, part 1 (Dt. 19-20)

14. Killing, part 2 (Dt. 21-22)

15. Miscellaneous laws (Dt. 23-26)

16. Moses' third address Dt. 27-34 "Take Heed" Dt. 27-8

17. Deuteronomy 29-31

18. Excursus: on Biblical poetry

19. Song of Moses and Blessing of Moses (Dt. 32-3)

20. Use of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament &

  • To build upon Certificate-level modules students have already taken in hermeneutical theory and practice,
    thereby enhancing their existing exegetical and hermeneutical skills.
  • To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the book of Deuteronomy, with a special
    focus on the text of the book.
  • To give students, through the lectures and a wide bibliography, the opportunity to explore critically and
    evaluate a range of different approaches to the book of Deuteronomy.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the book of Deuteronomy, including its text, history, theology and literary issues.
  2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to engage in in-depth and critical textual analysis of Deuteronomy.
  3. Be able to understand and evaluate critically various approaches to the book so that they are in a position to reach their own informed conclusions.
  4. Students will be able to explain the covenantal structure of the book, legal forms (apodictic and casuistic) and character of poetical language in general and Hebrew poetry in particular.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1Written assignment (gobbets) 50%AllCoursework
2Written assignment (essay)50%AllCoursework

As assessment

Barker, P. A. (2004). The triumph of grace in Deuteronomy : faithless Israel, faithful Yahweh in Deuteronomy. Carlisle, U.K.; Waynesboro, Ga.: Paternoster Press.
Christensen, D. L. (2001). Deuteronomy 1:1-21:9, revised ([2nd ed.). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Christensen, D. L. (2002). Deuteronomy 21:10-34:12. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Craigie, P. C. (1976). The Book of Deuteronomy. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
McConville, J. G. (2002). Deuteronomy. Leicester, England Downers Grove, Ill.: Apollos ; InterVarsity Press.
Merrill, E. H. (1994). Deuteronomy. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman.
Levinson, B. M. (1997). Deuteronomy and the hermeneutics of legal innovation. New York: Oxford University Press.
Longman, T., & Garland, D. E. (2008). Genesis-Leviticus (Rev. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.
Olson, D. T. (1994). Deuteronomy and the death of Moses : a theological reading. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Lienhard, J. T., & Oden, T. C. (2001). Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.


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