Distinguished Old Testament scholar Jack Lundbom offers a accessible, comprehensive, and insightful commentary on Deuteronomy.
A landmark in Pentateuch studies Lundbom's Deuteronomy: A Commentary
examines technical issues such as linguistic features, higher criticism, archaeology, and throughout follows a strict outline of the book of Deuteronomy. Using Rhetorical criticism he unpacks the biblical text phrase-by-phrase. Lundbom is particularly concerned with the relation of Deuteronomy to the New Testament, and spends significant time on the question in the Introduction
, and provides a full index of every NT reference to the book. Features:
- Challenging but accessible
- Comprehensive and detailed
- Strong awareness of historic and contemporary scholarship
- Readers of the Word Biblical Commentary or the NICOT will be very comfortable with this commentary
This milestone commentary by Jack Lundbom is intended for any and all readers who want to better know and understand the key Pentateuchal book of Deuteronomy, which has had a huge influence on both Judaism and Christianity over the centuries. For Jews Deuteronomy contains the Decalogue and the Shema -- Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one (6:4) -- supplemented by a code of primal legislation.
Deuteronomy is much cited in the New Testament and has come to occupy an important place in the life and doctrine of the Christian church. It lifts up important wisdom themes such as humane treatment and benevolence to the poor and needy and is rich in theology, calling repeatedly on Israel to reject other gods and worship the Lord alone as holy.
Besides drawing on language, archaeology, and comparative Near Eastern material, Lundboms commentary employs rhetorical criticism in explicating the biblical text. Lundbom also cites later Jewish interpretation of the book of Deuteronomy and makes numerous New Testament connections. An appendix contains all citations of Deuteronomy in the New Testament.
Jack R. Lundbom is Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Old Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. Among his prior publications are Jeremiah: A Study in Ancient Hebrew Rhetoric, Jeremiah Closer Up, and The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction.
Review of Biblical Literature
A magisterial work. . . . Broad and wide-ranging in scope. It is the most thorough and comprehensive commentary on Deuteronomy to date. Lundboms lucid style allows the commentary not only to inform the scholar but makes it accessible to students and clergy as well. . . . An invaluable resource for research in the book of Deuteronomy. . . . The benchmark for the next generation of Deuteronomy commentaries.
A significant technical commentary with particular attention also given to the theology of the book.
The Bible Today
One does not read a commentary from cover to cover. One consults it as a resource. Accordingly, this is a commentary of note. . . . One can hardly do a study of Deuteronomy without consulting this monumental work.
Dominik Markl, SJ
-- Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley
"Deuteronomy, though still relatively unknown, is now at the center of the discussion of biblical theology. The great merit of Lundboms commentary is that it will make accessible to a broad scholarly readership theological themes that are essential for both Judaism and Christianity."
-- Catholic University of America
"Jack Lundbom has written what is at last the successor to S. R. Drivers 1895 ICC commentary on Deuteronomy. This exhaustive work includes a fresh translation kept close to the Hebrew so as to bring out rhetorical structures lost in English since the King James Version. Each passage is accompanied by commentary, along with abundant referrals to further scholarship, focusing especially on delimitation, framing, keywords, chiasms, and inclusios determined both from the rhetorical criticism Lundbom is known for and from evidence in the ancient manuscripts. The extensive supplementary material at the start of the volume lays out moderate, cautious positions, conversant with the latest critical scholarship."
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