This is the first chapter of a commentary on Deuteronomy. Here the author provides an exegesis of Deuteronomy 1:1 - Deuteronomy 2:7. The author also discusses the book of Deuteronomy as an Ancient Near-Eastern vassal treaty, the structure of law in Deuteronomy, and the concept of law in the Ancient Near East.
Looking at Deuteronomy 7 this article shows how texts dealing with violence and the idea of genocide should be understood in the Old Testament. They reveal the judgment of God, that God is the one who acts. The author shows how Christians should deal with these texts today through the eyes of Christ's work.