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According to Deuteronomy 34:5-6, the Lord God himself buried Moses.  However, the Book of Jude claims that Michael the archangel "contended with the devil" about the body of Moses.

How is this apparent discrepancy to be explained?  Does the term "the body of Moses" refer to the physical nation of Israel, contrasting the physical nation under the Old Covenant with the "body of Christ", which is the spiritual nation under the New Covenant?  Consider:

= Paul speaks of Israel being "baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea", 1 Corinthians 10:1-4.

= The concept of baptism portrays and means "association" or "unity".  It was the Lord God to whom Israel was united under the Old Covenant, which was a covenant of marriage, but the law which governed the marriage relationship was the Law of Moses.

= The Lord, in the theophany of a column of smoke or cloud by day and a column of flame by night, remained with the Children of Israel from their exodus from Egypt until their entry into the Land of Promise.

= The term "devil" means simply "adversary".

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