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1526 b.c.- Moses' birth
1446 b.c.- The plagues and the first Passover
1446 b.c.- The Exodus
1446 b.c.- The Ten commandments & Mt. Sinai
1446-1406 b.c.- The desert wanderings
1443 b.c.- Exploration of Canaan
1406 b.c.- Moses dies; Joshua becomes leader
1406 b.c.- Israelites enter Canaan
I. Israel at Sinai, Preparing to leave for Canaan (1:1-10:10)
II. From Sinai to Kadesh (10:11-12:16)
III. Israel at Kadesh, the Delay Resulting from Rebellion (13:1-20:13)
IV. From Kadesh to the Plains of Moab (20:14-22:1)
V. Israel on Plains of Moab, Anticipating Taking of Canaan (22:2-32:42)
VI. Supplements Dealing with Various Matters (33-36)
Author: Tradition states that Moses is the author, as he is credited with authoring the other books of the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch is Genesis through Deuteronomy. It is also possible (and a bit more likely) that the stories and laws were passed down via oral tradition and then written, with many different authors contributing to the text.
Audience: Generations of Israelites after settling in Canaan were probably familiar with the book. It was a reminder of God's ongoing faithfulness to the people, as well as a warning to obey his commands.
Theme: This book does NOT have a unifying theme. It covers multiple topics: census, genealogy, records of places visited during the desert wanderings, prophet's oracles, and much more. However, it does cover a specific time frame: the time that the Israelites wandered the desert. I think that the variety of topics actually helps emphasize the various complications of that large of a group of people traveling, and how daily life actually was.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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