In this Book the Israelites were camped just east of the Jordan River making preparations for crossing into Canaan. These Israelites were a new generation, most of whom were not alive at the time of the exodus and the encampment at Sinai. So Moses, by means of the speeches recorded here, provided them with a comprehensive review of everything that happened during the forty years in the wilderness.
Moses stressted two things: Israel's unfaithfulness and God's faithfulness. He strongly urged the new generation of Isrealites not to repeat the mistakes and sins of the past and to keep diligently all the laws of God.
It is fairly common for modern scholars to insist that the book of Deuteronomy (which means "second law") was written much later than the time of Moses., But aside from the account of Moses' death at the end, there is no compelling reason why Moses himself could not have written it.
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