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Devarim in a Nutshell

Devarim in a Nutshell

Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22


On the first of Shevat (thirty-seven days before his passing), Moses begins his repetition of the Torah to the assembled children of Israel, reviewing the events that occurred and the laws that were given in the course of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Sinai to the Promised Land, rebuking the people for their failings and iniquities, and enjoining them to keep the Torah and observe its commandments in the land that G‑d is giving them as an eternal heritage, into which they shall cross after his death.

Moses recalls his appointment of judges and magistrates to ease his burden of meting out justice to the people and teaching them the word of G‑d; the journey from Sinai through the great and fearsome desert; the sending of the spies and the people’s subsequent spurning of the Promised Land, so that G‑d decreed that the entire generation of the Exodus would die out in the desert. “Also against me,” says Moses, “was G‑d angry for your sake, saying: You, too, shall not go in there.”

Moses also recounts some more recent events: the refusal of the nations of Moab and Ammon to allow the Israelites to pass through their countries; the wars against the Emorite kings Sichon and Og, and the settlement of their lands by the tribes of Reuben and Gad and part of the tribe of Manasseh; and Moses’ message to his successor, Joshua, who will take the people into the Land and lead them in the battles for its conquest: “Fear them not, for the L‑rd your G‑d, He shall fight for you.”

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July 13, 2013
Whats do the 5 books mean?
Bereshit (In the Beginning) [God gave] Shemot (Names) and He called (Vayikra) Bamidbar (In the wilderness) His Devarim (Word(s))
July 13, 2013
dalet, bet, resh ,= devar is a prim root "to arrange" but used figuratively (of words) to speak. from this comes the meaning "word" the 'im is a plural therefore you have "words" this is the actual meaning of the word devarim. in Hebrew paleo the dalet is a doorway or tent flap, the bet is a foundation or a floor plan of a house, and the resh is the side of a mans head. this can be interpreted as a path to a family or house that is a beginning. this is what words do they establish a means of a beginning with another person.
July 12, 2013
Devarim is a plural word. The root is Davar which means, word, speech, or thing. So "devarim" means words, speech, or things. I agree with Yirmiyahu Ben Azriel that words is the best translation in this context.

Devarim is not the Hebrew word for Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is Greek for "second law." The non-Jewish names for the five books of Moses have nothing to do with the Hebrew names. They are titles based on the general content of those books. Deuteronomy, for instance, is called "second law" because Moses re-enumerates the laws of the Torah.
Eliyahu ben Shira
July 12, 2013
Seeing as the Hebrew names for the 5 books all come from a word in the first sentence of the book, I would say that actually Dvarim in this context means 'words' and not 'things'. The first line of the book is "These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel".

So here are the meanings of the Hebrew names of the 5 books -

Genesis - Bereishit - In the Beginning
Exodus - Shmot - Names
Leviticus - Vayikra - And G-d called
Numbers - Bamidbar - The Wilderness (or the desert)
Deuteronomy - Dvarim - Words
Yirmiyahu Ben Azriel
July 10, 2013
Devarim in a nutshell
As you bring into the discussion of Moses appointing Judges in Deuteronomy , we must be directed to Exodus 18 and remember that this was advice from his Father in law (not a priest of the Lord God ) These things are not noted to be given directly by the voice of the Lord God. But we are given many problems that are revealed and explained, as it would concern the peoples voices.This requires much more attention.
Bruce M.M Devitt
July 8, 2013
July 7, 2013
Dvar = word, Dvarim = words
July 7, 2013
in reply to david v.
David, Devarim is the Hebrew word for Deuteronomy.
June 24, 2013
what does "Devarim" actually mean?
david v.
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