Moses' Farewell Song in the Desert

What does it mean to be God’s chosen people? As Moses counsels the Israelites before he dies, their failure will have consequences—and failure is unavoidable.

October 4, 2017 | Bex Stern Rosenblatt
About the author: Bex Stern Rosenblatt is pursuing a master’s degree in Hebrew Bible at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

From Moses Looks upon the Promised Land, 1928, by Lesser Ury.

The book of Deuteronomy is a record of Moses’ last words to the Israelite people after 40 years of ups and downs together in the desert. When the book ends, it’s not just the desert but also Moses himself whom the Israelites will leave behind.

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