Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

The book of Deuteronomy is a covenant renewal for the nation about to enter the Promised Land. It shares the form of ancient covenants, particularly Hittite treaties of the second millennium. Its emphasis is to love and fear God, the qualities required of covenant loyalty. Loyalty to the covenant is manifest in both human and divine relationships specified in the covenant stipulations. The requirements of Deuteronomy become the measure by which the kings of Israel are evaluated. This course will examine all these aspects of the conclusion of the Torah.


  • The content of the book of Deuteronomy
  • Form critical analysis of Deuteronomy
  • Function of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament
  • Theology of Deuteronomy


  • Come to love and fear Yahweh as instructed by Deuteronomy
  • Honoring God as one that belongs to a kingdom of priests
  • Valuing home and personal relations according to Deuteronomistic standards


  • Practicing the worship of God taught in Deuteronomy
  • Living the covenant commitment to God, family, and community as taught in Deuteronomy
  • Living the values expressed in the ten words and their exposition in Deuteronomy