Deuteronomy 15 – 21 Questions and Answers
Bible Questions and Answers on Deuteronomy 15 – 21
Here are Verna’s questions and my answers on Deuteronomy 15-21.
In Deuteronomy 15 what is a “release”? This is a time when all debts would be canceled.
In Deuteronomy 15:17 what is an “awl”? An awl is a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.
In Deuteronomy 16:1, what month are they talking about? The month of Abib in their calendar is what is the later part of our March and the beginning of our April. It was when the Passover which is near out modern day Easter was celebrated.
How many feasts do the Jews have? There were seven Jewish feasts. They were the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
In Deuteronomy 17:17 is said not to multiply wives. So why did the kings have many wives? God did not want them to have so many wives. But many times they did so for political reasons. One king would not go to war against another king who had married his daughter.
In Deuteronomy 17 you have to obey the law of you will be stoned to death. Yes, this served as a grim warning to anyone who thought about disobeying.
In Deuteronomy 18: 3 what is a “maw”? Most Bible scholars say this was a part of the stomach or intestines. Did you ever eat pig’s stomach?
In Deuteronomy 18:11 what is a “necromancer”? This was a witch or sometimes called a magician who attempted to communicate with the dead as well as doing other things in the black arts.
In Deuteronomy 18:14 what is a “diviner”? A person who claims to have or attempt to find supernatural or magical insight into future events.
In Deuteronomy 18:22 how are the people to know if the prophet does not speak of the LORD? The test of a true prophet of the LORD was that if everything came true that he prophesied, then he was from the LORD. If most things came to pass as he said but he was not 100% accurate, then he was not of the LORD.
In Deuteronomy 19:3 what does “thither” mean? “Thither” means “toward a place.”
In Deuteronomy 19 if you go into the woods and kill your neighbor and you didn’t mean to do so, you could flee to a city and live even if the avenger of blood comes after you. Yes, there were three cites of refuge designated for those who accidentally killed someone. Accidents did happen and if you did not mean to kill anyone you would be protected if you stayed in one of the cities of refuge. However if it was known that you wanted to kill someone, you would not be protected in the city of refuge.
In Deuteronomy 20:20 what is a “bulwark”? A “bulwark” was a stockade against the city, a fort or barrier from where weapons could be launched to conquer the city.
In Deuteronomy 20 it tells how God will take down the enemies. Yes, God give instructions on how to conquer the people of the land that He has given to the children of Israel.
In Deuteronomy 21:12 what does it mean, “pare her nails”? I honestly don’t know. Some Bible scholars say that she would let her nails grow as a sign of grief and now submission, others say that she is to cut her nails. I always thought that she was to trim her nails short just like she shaved her head.
In Deuteronomy 21 it tells how to handle a rebellious child. Yes, if the child continually is rebellious and disobeys continually, you are to publicly stone him and then you will be sending a warning to all the rest of the people. It is my opinion that there were not many rebellious children there. The consequences were too scary.
Finished with Deuteronomy 15-21? Continue your Bible study in Deuteronomy 22-28. Please leave any comments or questions below.