Answers – To Difficult Questions (Deuteronomy)

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Deuteronomy 1:1—How could Moses have written this when biblical criticism claims it was written many centuries later?

Deuteronomy 1:6ff—How could any from the former generation be present when they all died in the wilderness?

Deuteronomy 1:13—Did Moses appoint the judges or did the people?

Deuteronomy 2:7—Were Israel’s conditions in the wilderness comfortable or destitute?

Deuteronomy 2:10–12—How could this have been written by Moses when it refers to the land of promise which he never entered?

Deuteronomy 2:19—Was the land of Ammon given to Israel or not?

Deuteronomy 4:10–15—Was the law given at Horeb or at Mt. Sinai?

Deuteronomy 5:6–21—How could Moses alter the wording of the Ten Commandments from that which God spoke to him?

Deuteronomy 5:15—Was the Sabbath instituted because of God’s rest from creation or His redemption of Israel from Egypt?

Deuteronomy 8:2—Didn’t God know what Israel would do?

Deuteronomy 9:3—Were the Canaanites destroyed quickly or slowly?

Deuteronomy 10:1–3—When was the Ark made?

Deuteronomy 10:6—Did Aaron die at Moserah, or did he die at the top of Mount Hor?

Deuteronomy 10:8–9—Are priests distinguished from Levites or not?

Deuteronomy 11:25—Isn’t this a false prophecy?

Deuteronomy 12:24—Was the blood poured out as water or covered with dust?

Deuteronomy 14:22ff—Doesn’t this contradict Moses’ other command not to redeem animals with money?

Deuteronomy 14:26—How can this passage permit the use of strong drink when other passages condemn its consumption?

Deuteronomy 15:4—How can this passage say there would be no poor among them when 15:11 says the poor will always be in the land?

Deuteronomy 16:5—Was the passover lamb to be slain at home or at the sanctuary?

Deuteronomy 18:10–22—How can false prophets be distinguished from true prophets?

Deuteronomy 18:15–18—Is this a prophecy about the prophet Mohammed?

Deuteronomy 20:16–18—Were the captives to be spared or killed?

Deuteronomy 22:5—Why did God call it an abomination for men to dress like women and vice versa?

Deuteronomy 22:13–21—Why is the method of testing chastity different here than in Numbers 5?

Deuteronomy 23:17—Was homosexuality condemned because it was connected with idolatry?

Deuteronomy 23:19—Why was usury (interest) forbidden only on some but not on all Jews?

Deuteronomy 24:1–4—Is Moses’ teaching on divorce contrary to the teaching of Jesus and Paul?

Deuteronomy 24:16—How can this passage state that children will not be killed for the sins of their parents when there are examples of this in other passages?

Deuteronomy 30:6—Does God circumcise the heart or was Israel to circumcise their own hearts?

Deuteronomy 32:13–14—How could there be sufficient pasture for the herds of 2 million people in a desert?

Deuteronomy 33:2—Is this a prediction of the Prophet Mohammed?

Deuteronomy 34:1ff—How could Moses have written this chapter which records his own death?

Deuteronomy 34:10—Was Moses unparalleled among prophets or were others equal to him?

Deuteronomy 34:10—Does this verse support the Muslim claim that Jesus could not be the predicted prophet (of Deut. 18:18)?