In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the story of the spies as it is told in Numbers and Deuteronomy. Though very similar in content, both stories have some instructive differences. These differences are exemplary to the entire book of Deuteronomy. It would illustrate a general point about Deuteronomy as a whole. So this lesson could be used as a general introduction to Deuteronomy. The main difference that this activity highlights is that in Deuteronomy the word “you” is added a lot. Moses is pretty much addressing the second generation of Israelites that survived in the wilderness and saying “You sinned.” What is interesting is that it was not this generation that sinned but the previous one. This activity then provides reflection on what does it mean to remember past events making a communal confession. (Deuteronomy seems to do this a lot).
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