The Old Testament views leadership in general as a privilege granted to an individual in order to serve the interests of those who are led. This view of leadership is reflected in particular in Deuteronomy's version of the Decalogue. This article offers a comparison of Deuteronomy 5's versions of the Decalogue with Exodus 20.
The Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is a call for exclusive covenant commitment to Yahweh. The importance of the Shema can be seen in its reflection in the Gospels. Block discusses the problem of the Shema and the significant factors in its interpretation. He concludes that the Shema should be interpreted as a monotheistic confession.
In this article, Block reflects on how in particular the book of Deuteronomy came to be viewed as the book of Moses. The article begins by describing the problem and its significance. It surveys the solutions that have been proposed. The main section of the paper considers the evidence for the genesis of the book and its relevance for the interpretation of Scripture.