Bible study 164 – Deuteronomy 12

The next 14 chapters or so are Moses’ (highly revised) summary of the rules God have set forth in the preceding books. In this chapter, he commands the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites’ shrines, and to only perform sacrifices in a specific place in Israel (presumably the Temple in Jerusalem, which is yet to be built). However, since everyone will be scattered in a huge country, it is no longer necessary to ritually sacrifice all animals that you are going to eat at the central shrine, which was prescribed in Leviticus 17.

Deuteronomy 12:30
…do not inquire concerning their gods, saying: “How did these nations worship their gods? I also want to do the same.”

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