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Mobile Ed: OT312 Book Study: Deuteronomy (20 hour course)


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The book of Deuteronomy is one of the most significant books in the Bible. Its content helped shape the theology of both the Old and New Testaments. In Book Study: Deuteronomy distinguished Old Testament scholar Dr. Daniel Block provides an in-depth look at look at this important book. Dr. Block walks through the text of what he calls “the Gospel according to Moses.” You’ll gain a better understanding of Deuteronomy and a fresh appreciation of how the book reveals the brilliance of God’s grace.


Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: The Gospel According to Moses

  • Orientation to the Gospel according to Moses
  • How Do We Talk about Deuteronomy
  • How May We Hear the Message of Deuteronomy, Part 1
  • How May We Hear the Message of Deuteronomy, Part 2
  • Ancient Elements in Covenant Structure
  • The Genre of Deuteronomy

Unit 2: Setting the Stage

  • Hearing the Words of Moses
  • Preamble to Moses’ First Address (Deut 1:1–6), Part 1
  • Preamble to Moses’ First Address (Deut 1:1–6), Part 2
  • Introduction to First Address
  • Recollections of Mt Horeb
  • The Problem
  • The Solution
  • The Context of the Rebellion
  • The Nature of the Rebellion
  • Yahweh Reaction to the Rebellion
  • Moses Intercessory Prayer
  • Lessons Learned from Kadesh Barnea

Unit 3: Setting the Stage, Part 2

  • Historical Recollections
  • Recollections of Yahweh’s Grace to the New Generation
  • The Historical Notes
  • The Journey to the Plains of Moab
  • Recollections of Israel’s Encounters with the Amorite Kings (Deut 2:24–3:11)
  • The Conquest of Og King of Bashan (Deut 3:1–11)
  • Preparing the Conquest of Canaan (Deut 3:12–29), Part 1
  • Preparing the Conquest of Canaan (Deut 3:12–29), Part 2
  • Lessons on Leadership from Deuteronomy

Unit 4: The Grace of Torah

  • Features of Deuteronomy 4
  • Themes in Deuteronomy 4
  • Designations for Law in the Old Testament (Deut 4:45–46)
  • Designations for Law in the Old Testament (Deut 4:45–46) part 2
  • The Prayer to Any God

Unit 5: The Grace of Covenant

  • The Grace of Covenant Past
  • Significance of Horeb
  • The Heart of the Covenant
  • The Heart of God’s Covenant with Israel
  • Idolatry and the Ancient Near Eastern Gods and Goddesses
  • Echoes of Genesis 1
  • The Grace of Covenant Future
  • The Restoration of Covenant Relationship

Unit 6: The Grace of Salvation

  • The Song of Moses
  • What Has God Done
  • Moses’ Gospel
  • A Christian Vision of Deuteronomy 4:32–40
  • The Narrative Postlude (Deut 4:41–43)

Unit 7: Introduction to Moses’ Second Address

  • The Narrative Introduction (Deut 4:45)
  • Where Moses Speech Ends
  • The Literary Context of the Second Address
  • The Agenda of the Second Address

Unit 8: The Decalogue

  • Style and Structure
  • The Textual Witness of the Decalogue
  • Designations for the Decalogue
  • Covenantal Expressions
  • The Covenantal Goal
  • The Numbering of the Commands
  • The Covenant as a Bill of Rights
  • The Covenantal Structure
  • Concluding Comments on the Decalogue
  • Moses Recollection of the People’s Response
  • How Do We Square Moses with Paul?
  • The Significance of Old Testament Law for New Testament Christians

Unit 9: The Shema

  • Boundaries of the Broader Unit
  • The Focus of Covenant Commitment
  • Yahweh Alone
  • The Afterlife of the Shema
  • The Dimensions of Covenant Commitment
  • The Tests of Covenant Commitment
  • Moses’ Family Catechism
  • The Nature of the Torah
  • What to Do with Paul?

Unit 10: The External Test of the Covenant

  • The Nature of the External Text
  • The Elements of the Test
  • Ancient Near Eastern Texts and Ethics
  • The Basics of the Test
  • The Importance of the Test
  • False Gods and Names of Products
  • The Structure of Deuteronomy 7
  • More Promises of Yahweh’s Aid

Unit 11: The Internal Test of the Covenant

  • The Context of the Test
  • The Way of Yahweh in the Desert
  • The Foil for the Future Test
  • The Nature of the Future Test
  • The Possible Responses to the Internal Test
  • Lessons from Deuteronomy 8

Unit 12: The Sheer Grace of Covenant Relationship

  • The Dominance of the Number 40
  • A Modified Disputation Speech
  • The Hypothesis
  • Moses’ Alternative Explanation of the Fact
  • Yahweh’s Response to the Rebellion at Horeb
  • Moses’ Response to the Apostasy at Horeb
  • The Symbolic Gesture of Disposing of the Calf
  • Moses’ Intercessory Prayer
  • Israel is Yahweh’s People

Unit 13: Grace of Covenant Relationship

  • Yahweh’s Reaffirmation of the covenant
  • Moses’ Role in Creating the Covenant Symbols
  • What God Wrote
  • Yahweh Secures the Covenant
  • Structure of the Deuteronomy 10–11

Unit 14: The Heart of the Matter

  • Requirement and Doxology
  • Five Responsibilities within Covenant Relationship
  • Features of Moses’ Demand
  • Circumcising the Heart
  • The Motivational Doxology, Part 1
  • The Motivational Doxology, Part 2
  • Theological and Practical Implications, Part 1
  • Theological and Practical Implications, Part 2

Unit 15: Tying Up Theological Threads

  • The Homiletical Concern
  • A Lesson From History
  • Moses Theology of Land
  • Moses Theology of Land part 2
  • Land as Gift and Test
  • Prescription for Passing the Test
  • The Call to Covenant Faithfulness
  • The Land as Opportunity
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Contemporary Significance
  • Looking beyond the Jordan
  • Looking beyond the Jordan part 2
  • The Problem of Jericho and Ai

Unit 16: Moses’ Third Address

  • The Nature of the Proclamation
  • The Invitation to Joy and Satisfaction
  • The Double Invitation to True and Transforming Worship, Part 1
  • The Double Invitation to True and Transforming Worship, Part 2
  • The Nature of Future Worship
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Legitimate Altars Outside of Jerusalem

Unit 17: The Invitation to Joy and Satisfaction at Home

  • The Style and Structure of Deuteronomy 12:15–27
  • Slaughter and Sacrifice at Home
  • Slaughter and Sacrifice at the Sanctuary

Unit 18: Feasting at the Table of Yahweh

  • How Should We Interpret This Passage?
  • Who Is Invited to This Banquet?
  • Clean and Unclean Animals
  • Distinctions of Abominable Food
  • Boiling a Kid in His Mother’s Milk
  • What Do These Restrictions Mean Today?

Unit 19: Kingship as the Embodiment of Righteousness in Israel

  • The Request for a King
  • Ancient Models of Kingship
  • The Conduct of a King
  • The Danger of Ambition
  • The Significance of this Text

Unit 20: Israel’s National Anthem

  • Death Narrative
  • The Convoluted Nature of Deuteronomy 31
  • The Genre of the Song
  • The Origin and Occasion of the Song
  • A Special Textual Problem
  • The Structure of the Song
  • A Exordium: A Call to Acknowledge the Perfections of Yahweh
  • The Confession and the Coda

Unit 21: The Blessing of Moses

  • Stylistic Differences from Deuteronomy 32
  • Structure of Deuteronomy 33
  • Deuteronomic Themes in Deuteronomy 33
  • Introduction to the Blessing of Moses
  • Exordium


  • Concluding the Course

Product Details

  • Title: OT312 Book Study: Deuteronomy
  • Instructor: Daniel I. Block
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 20
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About the Instructor

Dr. Daniel Block, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, has been teaching God’s Word for more than 30 years.

It has been a special joy for Dr. Block to watch students, who often take introductory courses in Old Testament only because they are required to do so by the curriculum, suddenly awaken to the fact that the Old Testament is understandable and its message is both life-giving and relevant for modern, everyday life.

Dr. Block has published a number of books and essays in scholarly journals. The paradigm for his research and ministry is set by Ezra, as described in Ezra 7:10: he committed himself to the study the Torah of Yahweh, to put it into practice, and to teach his revealed will in Israel. This means constantly asking serious questions of the Scriptures: What does the text say? Why does the text say it like that? What did the text mean to the original audience? What does the text have to say to me today? In order to answer these questions, one needs to understand both the worlds out of which the biblical texts arose and the worlds in which modern people live.

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