chapter  4
Deuteronomy
ByDru Johnson
Pages 22

In Deuteronomy, the epistemic authority established in Moses is now being transferred to the written Torah, the person of Joshua, and future prophets who will both test and lead Israel. The re-use of Edenic language/concepts to warn Israel away from erroneous knowing is peppered throughout the fore and aft of Deuteronomy’s final form. The book is shown to both presume and overtly lean upon the epistemic logic and language found in Genesis in order to make claims upon Israel’s future behavior, and hence, her knowing of YHWH and his guidance. Notably, a theological understanding of Israel’s prior blindness (Deut 29) creates the lexical and conceptual categories that will be re-employed by Isaiah (Isa 6) and again in Mark’s gospel (Mark 4).