Retelling the story – Link to Midrash Devarim
This book is framed as a renewal, through rehearsal, of the law. Its initial seventh-century B.C.E. audience is constantly invited to imagine itself in the shoes, or sandals, of the Israelites who stood before Moses just east of the Jordan as he repeated the law. Moses’s rhetoric, in turn, repeatedly evokes the physical, witnessing presence of the audience he addresses as he reiterates the divine law revealed a generation earlier at Sinai.Alter, Robert. The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary (p. 1118). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.