The Book of Deuteronomy is the most 'theological' book in the Hebrew Scriptures, and its ideas form the basis for the Judeo-Christian philosophy of life. Weinfeld's commentary on the first eleven chapters of Deuteronomy considers some of the most important elements in the entire book and in the entire Law: the Shema, the Ten Commandments, the history of Law, and the story of the Israelites' disastrous worship of the golden calf. Weinfeld, a professor at Hebrew University, is the world's foremost Deuteronomic scholar. 458 Pages. Softcover from Yale University Press.
Moshe Wienfeld is the foremost commentator on the Deuteronomist and Deuteronomic School. He is Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Deuteronomy 1-11 is here presented in a groundbreaking new translation, with a comprehensive introduction and thorough commentary by world-renowned Israeli biblical scholar Moshe Weinfeld. The "second law," Deuteronomy portrays Moses as the founder and great lawgiver of Israel. In a series of addresses, Moses reviews his life and the life of God's people. He reminds them of the guiding hand of God, which has brought them thus far along the way, and will bring their Exodus and Wanderings to a triumphal conclusion in the Holy Land.
Through a beautiful translation and insightful comments in this first of two volumes on Deuteronomy, Weinfeld reinvigorates the basic laws of society with their life-giving power: the Shema ("Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One") and the Great Commandment ("You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might"). These laws govern Israelite religious and communal life under God's guidance.
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