- the fifth book of the Pentateuch, containing a second statement of the Mosaic law. Abbreviation: Deut.
Origin of Deuteronomy
- the fifth book of the Old Testament, containing a second statement of the Mosaic Law
Word Origin and History for deuteronomy
5th book of the Pentateuch, late 14c., from Late Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion, literally "second law," from deuteros "second" + nomos "law" (see numismatics). A mistranslation of Hebrew mishneh hattorah hazzoth "a copy of this law" [Deut. xvii:18]. The book is a repetition, with comments, of the Decalogue and most of the laws of Exodus. The title was translated literally into Old English as æfteræ, literally "after-law."