- 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 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."