The Law of Moses, as explained by Joshua

Here is a little something that I learned today and found to be rather interesting.

It is something that I thought I would have learned back when I was in ministry school but I sure do not remember learning it.

I was over on Wikipedia, just randomly reading different things, and came across the following on the "Law of Moses" page.

The Law of Moses or Torah of Moses (Hebrew: תֹּורַת מֹשֶׁ, Torat Moshe, Septuagint Ancient Greek: νόμος Μωυσῆ, nómos Mōus, or in some translations the "Teachings of Moses") is a biblical term first found in the Book of Joshua 8:31-32, where Joshua writes the Hebrew words of "Torat Moshe תֹּורַת מֹשֶׁ" on an altar of stones at Mount Ebal.

This is rather interesting, that the actual use of the word "Torah", or "law of moses", is never actually used anywhere within the Torah (first five books of the Holy Text), but rather penned somewhere around 625 BCE, around the same time as the Ark of the Covenant makes a presence in the Holy Text.

In looking up Joshua chapter 8 I came across the following, which is the key verse for this:

And afterward Joshua read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. (Joshua 8:34)

Here we see the term "book of the law" in use, a clear reference to what we now call the Torah, or the first five books of the Bible.

None of this is of all that great importance, just something that I came across and did not really know, and thought that I would share.

John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Yea but we do not always remember the theological/exegetical stuff years later. No big deal John

K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

That's very interesting.

Padma Thangap @padmavathy ·


Padma Thangap @padmavathy ·

Hi, it's quiet interesting for god has helped you and people like me to get the words accurately. Thanks

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