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Proper 25
Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30

from the book
Preaching and Reading the Old Testament Lessons
With an Eye to the New

Elizabeth Achtemeier

Deuteronomy 34:1-12


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In the scriptures, the first five books of the Old Testament, or the Pentateuch, are sometimes called "The Law of Moses" (e.g. Luke 2:22; 24:44), and the book of Deuteronomy has the traditional title of "The Fifth Book of Moses." Fundamentalists therefore often hold that Moses is the author of Deuteronomy. But as has often been pointed out, if that were so, Moses would be said to have written the account of his own death. We know, further, that the list of the tribal boundaries in this text are later than the time of Moses. Therefore, while many of the Old Testament's laws come from Moses, scholars generally agree that the core of Deuteronomy dates from the seventh century B.C., while this chapter is from the hand of the Deuteronomic editors of about 550 B.C. We have no reason to doubt, however, that Moses was forbidden to enter the promised land, that the site of his grave is unknown, and ...

This Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 preaching resource, Proper 25, is based on Deuteronomy 34:1-12 and relates to Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Preaching and Reading the Old Testament Lessons . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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