In this outstanding commentary J. G. McConville offers a theological interpretation of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy in the context of the biblical canon. He gives due attention to historical issues where these bear on what can be known about the settings in which the text emerged. His dominant method is one that approaches Deuteronomy as a finished work.
McConville argues that in the context of the ancient world Deuteronomy should be understood as the radical blueprint for the life of a people, at the same time both spiritual and political, and profoundly different from every other social, political and religious programe. The book incorporates the tension between an open-minded vision of a perfectly ordered society under God and practical provisions for dealing with the frailty and imperfections of real people. Hence, it is capable of informing our thinking about the organization of societies while maintaining a vision of the kingdom of God.
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"At last! A commentary series that combines the best of biblical scholarship with a passion for the message of the text. Besides, it actually answers the questions I ask when I read the Scriptures. This series by the finest evangelical scholars is designed for students and pastors who are serious about understanding the Old Testament in its context and translating its message for the church in the twenty-first century."
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"Students, scholars, and ministers will derive much profit from this commentary."
1. The Name of the Book
2. Its Place in the Canon
3. The Distinctive Features of Deuteronomy
4. The Critical Interpretation of Deuteronomy
4.1. Deuteronomy and Josiah's Reform
4.2. The Reform as a Royal Programme
4.3. The Development of Old Testament Religion
4.4. Deuteronomy as a Literary Tradition
5. A Fresh Approach to Deuteronomy
5.1. Setting and Ideology
5.2. The Thesis Above May Be Retold as a 'Story'
6. The Composition of Deuteronomy
7. The Reading of Deuteronomy
7.1. Deuteronomy and Its Audiences
7.2. Deuteronomy and Theology
7.3. Deuteronomy in Biblical Theology
8. The Form and Aims of This Commentary
Text and Commentary
Index of Scripture References
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects