Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series)

Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series)

McConville, J. Gordon


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Staff Review: McConville's Deuteronomy was the first volume to appear in InterVarsity Press" Apollos Commentary on the Old Testament series and it does exceptional justice to the fifth book of the Pentateuch. Deuteronomy casts a long shadow over the subsequent books of the Old Testament, and McConville does an admirable job discussing key critical issues involved with this fact. This commentary is a much-needed conservative contribution to studies of Deuteronomy. McConville interacts with critical scholarship in a careful and appreciative manner, yet ultimately concludes that Deuteronomy dates early in Israel's history. For anyone who wishes to preach or teach on Deuteronomy from an informed conservative viewpoint, this commentary is a must read. - Jeff Waddington - Westminster Bookstore Staff

Publisher Review:

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 Deauteronomy 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 programme. 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.

544 Pages
Published August 2002

About the Author

J. Gordon McConville is professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. He is the author of several books and studies on Old Testament topics, including Law and Theology in Deuteronomy (JSOT Press), Time and Place in Deuteronomy (with J. G. Millar, JSOT Press) and Judgment and Promise: An Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah (Apollos).

Book Details

544 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: August 2002
ISBN 10: 0830825053
ISBN 13: 9780830825059

"Evangelical Old Testament study has made huge strides in the second half of the twentieth century. Tyndale House in the U.K. and IVP internationally were central to that renaissance. And now at the start of the twenty-first century the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series will build on that foundation as it showcases some of the best contemporary Old Testament interpretation. This series rightly insists on rigorous scholarship but always in the service of the theology and message of the books of the Old Testament. Some outstanding scholars are signed up for this series, and I look forward very much to having these commentaries on my shelves as they appear."
- Craig Bartholomew, Senior Research Fellow, University of Gloucestershire, editor of the Scripture and Hermeneutics series

"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."
- Daniel Block, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

"What every preacher and student needs is a commentary that makes positive use of the results of scholarly research while at the same time integrating them sympathetically into a contemporary Christian theological worldview. Many series have set out to achieve this, but few have succeeded. Now at last the Apollos series looks set to do so: the names of the editors and potential contributors, together with the evidence of these early volumes, all inspire confidence."
- H. G. M. Williamson, FBA, Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford

"Students, scholars, and ministers will derive much profit from this commentary."
- James Chukwuma Okoye, The Bible in Review