Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Specifically, Joshua 1:8:

Joshua 1:8 (JPS)

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

What is this "book of the law" that God refers to here? Is it the Pentateuch?

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

Rashi understands it to be referring specifically to the Book of Deuteronomy.

Metzodot David understands that it refers to the Law mentioned in the previous verse which the Malbim explicitly states refers to the entire Pentateuch. The Targum also implies that and I think it is the most straightforward read of the verses.

share|improve this answer
    
Would the downvoter care to comment? I can't imagine what is controversial about the post. –  Double AA Jun 29 '12 at 4:56
    
I was downvoted too. So I guess someone is in the downvote mode. –  Gershon Gold Jun 29 '12 at 14:44

Rashi translates this as Deuteronomy (Devarim).

share|improve this answer
5  
Oooooo 8 seconds! –  Double AA Jun 27 '12 at 18:58

Even if as the others noted the actual book referred to is Deuteronomy or even all five books of the Pentateuch, the Talmud (Menachot 99B) understands the reference to refer at least symbolically to everything which is considered Torah.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.