The Main Events in the Book of Deuteronomy

The Book of Deuteronomy

The Book of Deuteronomy is the fifth book in the Judeo-Christian Bible. It is part of a collection of the first five books of the Bible referred to as the Pentateuch, the Torah or the Books of the Law of Moses. 

The Main Events in the Book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 1

Moses recounts everything that happened to Israel from the time they left Horeb (Mt. Sinai) until the arrived at the Promised Land 40 years later. Moses tells about God's command to leave Horeb. Moses recounts dividing leadership responsibilities. Moses recounts sending spies to check out the Promised Land. Moses recounts how the spies brought back a bad report about the Promised Land and how they rebelled against God in the wilderness.

Deuteronomy 2

Moses recounts how the Israelites were forced by God to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, but in that time none of their clothes wore out and God provided manna to eat. Moses recounts how God led Israel to victory over Sihon king of the Amorites.

Deuteronomy 3

Moses recounts how God led Israel to victory over Og king of Bashan. Moses recounts how two and a half Israelite tribes (Reubenites, Gadites, and half tribe of Manasseh) received their allotment of land east of the Jordan river. Moses recounts how God had forbidden him from leading the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy 4

Moses calls Israel to obey all the laws God had commanded. Moses recounts God's command that Israel not worship idols. Moses reminds Israel that there is only one God. Moses appoints three cities of refuge east of the Jordan river.

Deuteronomy 5

Moses restates the Ten Commandments; Moses recounts how the Israelites shook from fear at the presence of God and asked Moses to intercede for them.

Deuteronomy 6

Moses declares that the Lord is One (One Lord or One God). Moses instructs the Israelites to obey all God's commandments. Moses instructs the Israelites to teach God's commands to their children.

Deuteronomy 7

Moses instructs the Israelites to completely drive out the inhabitants of the land of Canaan. Moses tells the Israelites that God did not choose them because they were the most numerous or the strongest nation, but only because of his promise to their forefathers.

Deuteronomy 8

Moses instructs the Israelites not to forget the Lord after they enter the promised land. Moses reminds the people that life is not sustained by physical food alone , but by the word of God. Moses warns the Israelites that if they turn away from the Lord to follow other gods, they will be destroyed.

Deuteronomy 9

Moses reminds that people that the Lord did not choose them because they were more righteous than other nations. Moses reminds the people of their rebellious nature and how (after the Golden Calf incident) he had to intercede for them in order that the Lord might not destroy them. Moses recounted how he smashed the original set of tablets with the Ten Commandments

Deuteronomy 10

Moses recounts how the Lord rewrote the Ten Commandments on a new set of tablets. Moses commands the people to fear the Lord their God and follow all his laws and decrees. Moses reminds the people of Israel that the Lord their God is the God of gods and Lord of lords and all the heavens belong to him.

Deuteronomy 11

Moses commands the Israelites to obey the Lord their God as an example to their children who did not see all the miracles God performed in Egypt. Moses implores the people follow God's ways so that things will go well for them in the Promised Land. Moses sets before the people of Israel a blessing and a curse, a blessing if they obey God and a curse if they disobey.

Deuteronomy 12

Moses commands the people to establish only one place of worship and to destroy all the places of worship on high mountains and under every spreading tree. Moses gives instructions about slaughtering animals for food.

Deuteronomy 13

Moses commands the people of Israel not to follow false prophets who entice the people to follow other gods. Moses instructs the people to destroy all fellow Israelites who follow other gods from siblings to whole towns

Deuteronomy 14

Moses instructs the people not to cut themselves or do other occult practices common to those who follow false gods. Moses repeats the Lord's commands about clean and unclean foods. Moses instructs the people to tithe 10% of their produce.

Deuteronomy 15

Moses instructs the people to cancel debts every seven years. Moses instructs the people that there should be no poor among their fellow Israelites and that they should give generously to their needy among them. Moses gives instructions about how to handle Hebrew servants. Moses commands the people about setting aside firstborn animals.

Deuteronomy 16

Moses gives instructions about the Passover Festival, The Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Moses instructs the Israelites about appointing judges and about administering justice. Moses instructs the Israelites not to set up Asherah poles or erect sacred stones for worship

Deuteronomy 17

Moses gives more instructions about worshipping false idols and against other occult practices. Moses gives instructions about special courts to try difficult cases. Moses gives instructions about choosing kings to lead the people.

Deuteronomy 18

Moses instructs the people about offerings for priests and Levites. Moses warns the people of Israel not to follow the detestable practices of the other inhabitants in Canaan. Moses foretells the coming of a special prophet to be raised up by God and instructs the people not to rpactice sorcery or divination. Moses gives more instructions about how to handle false prophets.

Deuteronomy 19

Moses reminds the people to establish cities of refuge in the Promised Land. Moses tells the people that each legal case must be established on the testimony of at least two or more witnesses.

Deuteronomy 20

Moses gives instructions about going to war.

Deuteronomy 21

Moses gives instructions about making atonement for an unresolved murder. Moses instructs the people about marrying a woman taken captive in times of war. Moses gives instructions concerning the rights of the firstborn. Moses instructs the people about how to deal with a rebellious son.

Deuteronomy 22

Moses teaches the Israelites about various other laws. Moses teaches the people about how to deal with marriage violations.

Deuteronomy 23

Moses instructs the Israelites to exclude certain people from gathering with the assembly. Moses gives instructions about how to deal with uncleanness in camp. Moses instructs the people not to refuse refuge to someone else's slave; not to engage in prostitution; not to charge interest to a fellow Israelite; to keep vows; and picking grapes from another person's vineyard.

Deuteronomy 24

Moses outlines stipulations for divorce. Moses instructs the people not to send newlywed men to war for one year. Moses sets down other miscellaneous laws.

Deuteronomy 25

Moses outlines more miscellaneous laws.

Deuteronomy 26

Moses gives instructions about firstfruit offerings and tithe. Moses reminds the people of the Lord's command to follow all his laws and decrees.

Deuteronomy 27

Moses directs the people to set up an alter at Mount Ebal after they have crossed the Jordan and taken the Promised Land. Moses commands the people that after they cross the Jordan half the tribes are to stand on Mount Gerizim and the other half on Mount Ebal, and the Levites are to recite curses for anyone who violate God's commands.

Deuteronomy 28

Moses pronounces blessings for obedience to God's commands and curses for disobedience.

Deuteronomy 29

The Lord renews his covenant with the people of Israel. Moses tells of a time when the people will be exiled again for abandoning the covenant with the Lord.

Deuteronomy 30

Moses tells the people of a time when after being exiled they will return to the Lord and the Lord will restore their prosperity. Moses sets before the people an offer of life and death.

Deuteronomy 31

Joshua is selected to succeed Moses. Moses directs the Levites to read the ehtire book of the law to the whole assembly every seven years. Joshua is anointed by God. The Lord tells of a future time when the people will rebel against him. Moses directs the Levites to put the Book of the Law in the ark of the covenant.

Deuteronomy 32

The Song of Moses. The Lord directs Moses to go up to the top of Mount Nebo to see the promised land and tells Moses that he will die on Mount Nebo.

Deuteronomy 33

Moses blesses the tribes of Israel

Deuteronomy 34

Moses dies.

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peacenhim 6 years ago

Hey thanks ecoggins for this Time-Line!! Laid out in this manner really shows you how close moses walked with God, and obeyed God's commands and instructions. Great Biblical references!!


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California Author

peacenhim, thank you for the encouragement. I hope this resource will be helpful for many.


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Steefen 5 years ago

In addition to the Ten Commandments, somewhere I saw X number of Curses in Deuteronomy. Do you recall this?


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Steefen 5 years ago

I found it: The 12 Curses of Chapter 27: verses 14-26 with more curses in Chapter 28.


orangethumb 5 years ago

Steefen your "curses" question is not in keeping with the spirit of the outline. Didn't you see the "Judeo-Christian" code word that ecoggins used in the intro?

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