The One Time When Moses Speaks in His Own Words

Deuteronomy erases the separation between leader and led; for better or for worse, they’re yoked together.

Moses and the Israelites depicted in the Bible of Moutier-Grandval, 835 AD. Wikimedia.

Moses and the Israelites depicted in the Bible of Moutier-Grandval, 835 AD. Wikimedia.

Observation
July 27 2017
About the author

David Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author of, among other books, Why be Jewish? and Why Faith Matters. He can be found on Twitter @RabbiWolpe.


Moses, we are told at the very beginning of the last book of the Torah, spoke “these words” to the people Israel (Deuteronomy 1:1). Unlike the words in the other four books, which are presumed to be the words of God as conveyed through Moses, Deuteronomy consists explicitly of the words of the prophet himself.

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