A Covenant of Love, Justice and Violence
In this three-part series we’ll engage in a close exploration of the theology and ethics of Sefer Devarim, the book of Deuteronomy. Rather than undertaking a survey, we’ll do close readings of three textual units that are essential to Deuteronomy’s worldview. First, we’ll study Deuteronomy 15, which focuses on treatment of the poor. We’ll seek to understand both the concrete laws that Deuteronomy implements and the social vision it seeks to instill. Second, we’ll study Deuteronomy 17, which considers (in part) the laws of the king, and through that we’ll examine the larger egalitarian thrust of Deuteronomy. Finally, in the third session, we’ll consider the hardest, most disturbing commandment in Deuteronomy, the mandate to wipe out the Canaanites, and discover how modern scholars (and some traditional Jews) grapple with this text. Find Zoom session information in TIC emails.