Outline of the Book of Deuteronomy

Outline of the Book of Deuteronomy


Deuteronomy General Structure (per Jerusalem Bible)


1)      Introductory speeches

 a)      First sermon of Moses

Time and place of the first sermon of Moses (Deut 1:1-1:5)

The last instructions at Horeb about the judges (Deut 1:6-1:18)

The unbelief at Kadesh (Deut 1:19-1:33)

The instructions of Yahweh at Kadesh (Deut 1:34-1:46)

Israel, Edom and Moab (Deut 2:1-2:13)

Arrival at the Transjordan (Deut 2:14-2:25)

Conquest of the kingdom of Sihon (Deut 2:26-2:37)

The establishment of the Transjordan area (Deut 3:1-3:17)

Last disposition of Moses (Deut 3:18-3:29)

The infidelity at Peor and true wisdom (Deut 4:1-4:8)

The revelation at Horeb (Deut 4:9-4:20)

Perspectives and punishment (Deut 4:21-4:31)

Grandeur of Yahweh and the divine choice (Deut 4:32-4:40)


b)      Second sermon of Moses

Three refuges cites on the east side of the Jordan River (Deut 4:41-4:49)

The Decalogue (Deut 5:1-5:22)

Mediation of Moses (Deut 5:23-5:31)

Love of Yahweh is the essence of the law (Deut 5:32-6:13)

Appeal to fidelity (Deut 6:14-6:25)

Israel is a separate people (Deut 7:1-7:6)

Choice and divine favor (Deut 7:7-7:16)

Yahweh’s power (Deut 7:17-7:26)

Trials in the desert (Deut 8:1-8:6)

The temptations of the Promise Land (Deut 8:7-8:20)

Victory belongs to Yahweh, not Israel (Deut 9:1-9:6)

The problems of Israel at Horeb and the intervention of Moses (Deut 9:7-9:21)

Other faults and the intercession of Moses (Deut 9:22-9:29)

The Ark of the Covenant (Deut 10:1-10:5)

The Death of Aaron (Deut 10:6-10:11)

Circumcision of the heart (Deut 10:12-10:22)

The experience of Israel (Deut 11:1-11:7)

Promises and warnings (Deut 11:8-11:17)

Conclusion (Deut 11:18-11:32)


 2)      The Deuteronomic code

 a)      Religious observances

The place for worship (Deut 12:1-12:12)

Precision about the sacrifices (Deut 12:13-12:28)

Against the Canaanite cult (Deut 12:29-12:32)

Against the seduction of idolatry (Deut 13:1-13:18)

Against an individual idolatry practice (Deut 14:1-14:2)

The clean and unclean animals (Deut 14:3-14:21)

The annual tithing (Deut 14:22-14:27)

The third year tithing (Deut 14:28-14:29)

Sabbatical year (Deut 15:1-15:11)

Hebrew Slaves (Deut 15:12-15:18)

The first-born (Deut 15:19-15:23)

Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread (Deut 16:1-16:8)

Other feasts (Deut 16:9-16:17)

The judges (Deut 16:18-16:20)

Deviations in worship (Deut 16:21-17:7)

The role of the Levite judges (Deut 17:8-17:13)

The role of the king (Deut 17:14-17:20)

The Levite priests (Deut 18:1-18:8)

The true and false prophets (Deut 18:9-18:22)


b)      The law of retaliation

Murderers and the refuge towns (Deut 19:1-19:13)

Property boundaries (Deut 19:14-19:14)

Witnesses (Deut 19:15-19:20)

Retaliation (Deut 19:21-19:21)

The combatants prepare for war (Deut 20:1-20:9)

The conquest of towns (Deut 20:10-20:20)

Unknown murderer (Deut 21:1-21:9)


c)      Marriage

Captive women as wives (Deut 21:10-21:14)

The right of the first-born (Deut 21:15-21:17)

The disobedient son (Deut 21:18-21:21)

Hanging (Deut 21:22-21:23)

Help your neighbor (Deut 22:1-22:4)

Cross-dressing (Deut 22:5-22:5)

Bird’s nests (Deut 22:6-22:7)

Roof of your house (Deut 22:8-22:8)

Separations (Deut 22:9-22:11)

Tassels (Deut 22:12-22:12)

A young girl’s virginity (Deut 22:13-22:21)

Adultery and fornication (Deut 22:22-22:30)

Exclusion from the assembly of Yahweh (Deut 23:1-23:9)

Purity in the camp (Deut 23:10-23:14)


d)     Protection of the weak

Escaped slaves (Deut 23:15-23:16)

Temple prostitution (Deut 23:17-23:18)

Interest charges (Deut 23:19-23:20)

Vow to Yahweh (Deut 23:21-23:23)

Neighbor’s crop (Deut 23:24-23:25)

Divorced woman (Deut 24:1-24:4)

Newly married man (Deut 24:5-24:5)

Pledges (Deut 24:6-24:6)

Kidnapping (Deut 24:7-24:7)

Leprosy (Deut 24:8-24:9)

Loans (Deut 24:10-24:13)

Laborer’s wages (Deut 24:14-24:15)

Death penalty (Deut 24:16-24:16)

Justice (Deut 24:17-24:22)

Litigation (Deut 25:1-25:3)

Oxen at work (Deut 25:4-25:4)

Laws for levirate marriages (Deut 25:5-25:10)

Wives and fights (Deut 25:11-25:12)

Weights and measures (Deut 25:13-25:16)

Amalek (Deut 25:17-25:19)


e)      Ritual prescriptions

The first fruits (Deut 26:1-26:11)

The third year tithing (Deut 26:12-26:15)


3)      Discourse and Conclusion

 a)      End of the second sermon

Israel, the holy obedient people of Yahweh (Deut 26:16-26:19)

The writing of the laws (Deut 27:1-27:10)

The curses (Deut 27:11-27:26)

The blessings (Deut 28:1-28:14)

Further curses (Deut 28:15-28:46)

Perspective on the struggles of the exile (Deut 28:47-28:68)


b)      Third and final sermon

Remember the Exodus and the covenant (Deut 29:1-29:13)

The alliance and other generations (Deut 29:14-29:29)

Return from the exile and conversion (Deut 30:1-30:14)

The two paths (Deut 30:15-30:20)

4)      The end of Moses

The mission of Joshua (Deut 31:1-31:8)

The ritual reading of the law (Deut 31:9-31:13)

Last instructions to Moses from Yahweh (Deut 31:14-31:18)

The writing of the Mosaic canticle (Deut 31:19-31:22)

Yahweh commissions Joshua (Deut 31:23-31:23)

The law is placed before the Ark of the Covenant (Deut 31:24-31:27)

Israel gathers to listen to the canticle (Deut 31:28-31:30)

The Canticle of Moses (Deut 32:1-32:43)

The law is the source of life (32:44-32:47)

Announcement of the death of Moses (Deut 32:48-32:52)

The blessings of Moses (Deut 33:1-33:39)

The death of Moses (Deut 34:1-34:8)

Joshua the new leader (Deut 34:9-34:12)


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