Bible class questions for Deuteronomy 21

Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.

Questions:

  1. What was the first required step if a dead body was found in the promised land? (Deuteronomy 21:2)
  2. After the cow was sacrificed, what were the elders of the city required to do, and why? (Deuteronomy 21:6-9)
  3. In relation to this described situation and remedy, what do you believe was the underlying principle of God’s command? (Deuteronomy 21:9)
  4. How were the captive women to be treated if chosen by a man of Israel? (Deuteronomy 21:11)
  5. Did these foreign women under consideration have any rights if a divorce took place? (Deuteronomy 21:14)
  6. In relation to the previous question, what was the alternative in the other nations around Israel?
  7. Did law or love govern inheritance rights in the land of Israel? (Deuteronomy 21:17)
  8. Is this “death penalty” approach to children meant to have been used on teenage temper-tantrums? (Deuteronomy 21:20)
  9. What New Testament author connected Jesus’ crucifixion to the curse of God mentioned in Deuteronomy 21:22-23?

Answers:

  1. Determine to which city he/she was closest (a jurisdiction determination of sorts).
  2. Wash their hands and make an oath in order to avoid guilt.
  3. The inherit value and recognition of the loss of life.
  4. As a wife.
  5. Yes. It was unlawful to treat these women as a “less than.”
  6. Bad! (See Lamentations 5:11 for a description of Babylon’s treatment of Judah’s women during a time of war.)
  7. Law … God’s law, not man’s.
  8. It does not seem likely. Contextually, this sentence was to be carried out on an individual who refused, through consistent lifestyle behaviors and choices, to recognize personal responsibility and the authority of his or her parents and, by default, the authority of God.
  9. The apostle Paul (Galatians 3:10-14). He used a principal from the Jew’s own law to reveal the blessings of God’s grace, through the promise made to Abraham, upon the gentiles … ironic!