Ekev 5781

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 25th, 2021

Deut. 10:12   And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God demand of you? Only this: to revere the Lord your God, to walk only in His paths, to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, 13 keeping the Lord’s commandments and laws, which I enjoin upon you today, for your good.

Why does this verse resemble Micah 6:8 — and what does that verse mean by הצנע לכת ‘walking humbly’?  Not everyone agrees that humility is what Micah is calling for.  The NJPS translation of Mic 6:9, plus some poetic parallelism, will give us a clue.

This week’s handout: 46 Ekev 5781

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One Response to “Ekev 5781”

  1. Justin K Miller Says:

    Michael,

    You ask, “Why does Deuteronomy 10:12 resemble Micah 6:8?” I would reformulate your question to include Micah 6:9, and suggest that one reason they sound alike is that they both introduce new themes to their respective narratives, and employ similar rhetorical devices to accomplish that.

    I am reading Micah 6:8 and 6:9 together because “הִגִּיד לְךָ אָדָם, מַה-טּוֹב” in verse 8 is parallel to “קוֹל יְהוָה לָעִיר יִקְרָא” in verse 9.

    In your notes Bernard Levinson points out that Deuteronomy 10:12 begins a new section of the book, which he describes as “Obedience as the condition for prosperity in the land (10.12–11.32).” Some scholars see Micah 9 as the beginning of a new a new section in that book. In his introduction to Micah in the Soncino Books of the Bible, Rev. Dr. S. Goldman remarks: “There are abrupt transitions and changes of theme [in Micah] which would not be expected in a systematic compilation. … [W]hy were not the denunciations of false measures, deceit and self-seeking in [Micah 6:9 – 7:6] grouped with the other denunciations in chapters i-iii?” (p. 153)

    Justin

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