Deuteronomy

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Deuteronomy or Devarim (literally "things" or "words") is the fifth book of the Hebrew Bible, and the fifth of five books of the Jewish Torah/Pentateuch.

The book consists of three sermons or speeches delivered by Moses, a recounting of the law (thought to be the Book of the Covenant found in Josiah's time), and supplementary material, including an account of Moses' death.[1]

Theologically the book constitutes the renewing of the covenant between YHWH, the Jewish God, and the "Children of Israel".

One of its most significant verses is considered to be Deuteronomy 6:4, which constitutes the Shema, a definitive statement of Jewish identity: "Hear, O Israel: the LORD (YHWH) (is) our God, the LORD is one."

Traditionally seen as recording the words of God given to Moses,[2] modern biblical scholars see it as the work of many authors, probably originating during religious reforms carried out under king Josiah.[3] There is evidence to support its composition beginning as early as the 8th century BCE.[4]

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