Deuteronomy 13-15 Skeptics Annotated Bible
We start off (again) with God commanding that any one that follows another god should be put to death.
A sharp contrast from the teachings of Jesus wouldn't you say?
On some level I can understand why God is being so tough on his chosen people. The forty years in the desert have been like a bootcamp to toughen them up. But I can't for the life of me reconcile the homicidal jealousy that keeps coming through. Every time I read this I visualize a violent husband beating and then consoling his battered wife. Sick stuff.
I maybe getting ahead of the reading, but I wonder if Jesus "went rogue" and was actually working against the God of Abraham. Perhaps he was the rebellious son of God and started teaching Peace, Love and Understanding to piss off his dad. ;-)
Chapter 14 gives us a rehash of the Levitican laws but goes into much greater detail. Evidently Rabbits are unclean because they chew cud. And bats are birds (I think we can cut God some slack for thinking a bat is a bird, right?).
I found 14:26 interesting in that it allows lusting after things and intoxicating beverages.
And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth.
Chapter 15 gives us a review of the seventh year forgiveness plan.