The Book of Numbers is also called “In the Desert” by a few Israeli scholars since it covers the entire history of the Israelite wanderings in the Arabian Desert. Their history is a continuation from the Exodus, but nevertheless interspersed with Sinaitic laws. The book also explores the history of the period from the first month of the second year onwards, right till the eleventh month of the fortieth year in the end. However, this period of nearly forty years is not treated in depth, but only as summary accounts. This is so because the peoples of Israel during this time were condemned by God.
Deuteronomy basically deals with several discourses. In essence it is a reiteration of the Mosaic legislation and serves as a conclusion about the Israeli people’s history under the divine guidance of Moses. In other words, this book contains some repetitions and explications of all the laws mentioned previously. This book is also an appeal to the followers. The main section of Deuteronomy comprises of three discourses given by Moses to the people in the 11th month of the 40th year; but the discourses follow a brief introduction. In the end are given several appendices.