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
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.
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).