Redeeming Relevance in the book of Deuteronomy continues Rabbi Francis Nataf’s innovative analysis of the five books of the biblical Torah. A fresh look at the final and most challenging of the five books, this volume focuses on topics such as mortality, personal vision, identity, humanity, and religion and state. Rabbi Francis Nataf shows his talent for discovering previously untouched facets of the Torah and connecting them to Jewish tradition. The clarity of the insights and patterns presented shows how a personal analysis of the biblical text can lead to living a more spiritually rewarding and ethically correct life.
About the Author
Rabbi Francis Nataf is a Jerusalem based thinker, writer, and educator. He is the author of Redeeming Relevance in the Torah series and of many articles on comparative religious thought, biblical studies, and education.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader 9
Introduction: Moshe's Torah 11
Chapter 1 Moshe's Obsession with the Spies 19
Chapter 2 Mishneh Torah: the Repeated Torah 37
Chapter 3 Ten Statements and Two Tablets 46
Chapter 4 The Shema and all that Jazz 59
Chapter 5 Kings and the Problem of Professionalization 71
Chapter 6 Amalek versus Yehoshua 84
Chapter 7 The Final Commandments 101
Chapter 8 The Bittersweet Song 110
Chapter 9 Moshe's Blessings and the "New Order" 119
Chapter 10 The Death of Moshe 130