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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Deut. 8-10

I do think my Spanish is improving as a result of this exercise, but it remains mental work to read the Bible in a foreign language. Hence, I get super excited when I come across this: no solo de pan vive el hombre, sino de todo lo que sale de la boca del SeƱor. Deut. 8:3.  Christians will remember this from what Jesus puts to the Tempter after his first temptation.  Moses recounts frequently that he went up in the mountain for forty days & forty nights waiting to hear from God.  See, e.g., Deut. 9:9.

This selection also contains a slightly different formulation of "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength," as follows:

12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?


Deut. 10:12-13.  It's similar, but different, right?

Finally, as compared to the story in Exodus, what happened with the golden calf is whitewashed a bit.  Compare Ex. 32:20 & Deut. 9:21:
And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.
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Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.
Also, no mention of killing 3000 people indiscriminately and whatnot.

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