The disobedience of the Davidic kings, such as Rehoboam, would not cause God to bring an end to their dynasty. And so there is a second layer, post-destruction, sometimes referred to as Dtr2.And Josiah was such a king that “there was no king like him”(2 Kgs ), which sounds almost identical to D’s description of Moses (“Never again did a prophet rise up in Israel like him,” Deut ). Through insertions and some original sections of text, the second “Deuteronomist” added the reality of exile and divine punishment of the royal house to the story.
The content was drawn from the notes she collected over the years from a wide variety of sources, which greatly inspired her own observations.
In the more realistic setting of an author living in the days of King Josiah (640-609 BCE), this is about reinterpreting and updating the Torah to fit Israel’s new situation.
Deuteronomy is a retelling of the Torah and will have its own peculiar emphases.
Friedman identifies D (both the first and edited edition) as the work of someone closely connected to the prophet Jeremiah (perhaps Jeremiah himself, or Friedman thinks it was more likely his scribe, Baruch).
“These are the words that Moses spoke.” This is clearly an author writing after the time of Moses, which we can see in the words that follow: “…
He wrote not only major sections of Deuteronomy, but also edited and authored Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings (all as one history of Israel).