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Deuteronomy

By Edward J. Woods
May 2012 | Review by Philip Eveson

Synopsis

Deuteronomy has been aptly described as a book 'on the boundary': it addresses the possibilities of new life 'beyond the Jordan' as dependent upon Israel's keeping of the law and acknowledgment of Yahweh's supremacy. Moses leaves the people with his last will and testament that would ensure their success and well-being in the new land. Ted Woods expounds this book's breathtaking and all-encompassing vision, and shows how the Israelites, from king to ordinary citizen, were exhorted to make its words the interpreter of their life's story within the land. These commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date , original setting and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section-by-section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties. In the new Old Testament volumes, the commentary on each section of the text is structured under three headings: Context, Comment and Meaning. The goal is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.

  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • ISBN: 978-1-84474-533-3
  • Pages: 333
  • Price: 11.99
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Deuteronomy

Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries

Edward J. Woods

IVP Academic

333 pages, £11.99

ISBN: 978-1-84474-533-3

Stars:3

 

The original Tyndale Commentary series was much appreciated at a time when there were few modern evangelical works on the biblical text. All that has changed, and pastors, teachers and students of Scripture are spoilt for choice these days.

This commentary by an Old Testament lecturer and pastor in Australia is a worthy replacement for the one by Thompson. The Tyndale series does not aim to be devotional or to give any application. Where the present commentary excels is in the clear way it deals with what the text says and in how it conveys so well the overall message of Deuteronomy. The comments are made on the English text as found in the New International Version and when it is necessary to draw attention to Hebrew words they are always transliterated.

The first part covers introductory issues such as authorship and date and, as might be expected, there is a good airing of scholarly opinion. An early date for the exodus is favoured on the basis of the biblical evidence and the bulk of the book is acknowledged to be the work of Moses.

Some of the literary features are explored including the ‘thou’ and ‘you’ sections before considering the book’s structure where support is offered to those scholars who see Deut.12-25 as an exposition of the Ten Commandments.

The final two introductory items relate to the theology and purpose of the book including a special note on the ‘Holy War’ principle. There are brief sections on God, the people of God, the land and worship.

As to the commentary itself, each section is helpfully divided under three heads: Context, Comment and Meaning. Difficult verses are treated fairly and there is an overall respect for this important biblical book that is quoted so frequently in the New Testament.

If you do not already possess a modern up-to-date commentary on Deuteronomy here is one to consider.

 

Philip H Eveson,

Wrexham

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