Deuteronomy meaning

do͝otə-rŏnə-mē, dyo͝o-
The fifth book of the Pentateuch in the Bible, in which the law of Moses is set down in full for the second time.
The fifth of the Books of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible, the fifth book in the Torah.

Origin of deuteronomy

  • Late Latin deuteronomium from Greek deuteronomion a second law (from (to) deuteronomion (touto)) (Septuagint mistranslation of Hebrew mišnê hattôrâ hazzō’t a copy of this law) deuteros second deu-1 in Indo-European roots nomos law nem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the name which the book bears in the Septuagint (Ancient Greek Δευτερονόμιον (Deuteronomion) and in the Vulgate Latin Deuteronomium). This is based upon the erroneous Septuagint rendering of משנה התורה הזאת (mishnah ha-torah ha-zot) (xvii. 18), which grammatically can mean only "a repetition [that is, a copy] of this law," but which is rendered by the Septuagint τὸ Δευτερουόμιου τοῦτο, as though the expression meant "this repetition of the law."

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