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September 17, 2015
Here is another replacement volume in the venerable Tyndale Commentary series. This volume replaces the 1974 volume by Thompson and is superior to it. This bodes well for the Tyndale series holding its high place among commentaries.
Woods gives a lengthy, for this type series at least, Introduction. My favorite part is that the authors love for Deuteronomy shines throughout. These type make the best commentary reading. His case for Deuteronomy being pivotal is well done and convincing. His discussion on authorship touches the scholarly bases without falling for their excesses.
His description of literary features is illuminating. His comparison to law codes may seem a little overdone, but too many scholars discuss it for him not to mention it. His expansion of comparing Deuteronomy, and particularly the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy, to the rest of the Pentateuch was helpful. Finally, his discussion of theology was the best part of the Introduction. It really helped put Deuteronomy in perspective.
The Commentary proper was helpful, thoughtful, and never trite. This will be a fine volume to consult for years to come. I highly recommend it.
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Edward J Woods has produced an excellent mid-level commentary on Deuteronomy. This book explains the meaning of Deuteronomy in a very understandable way. Each passage of the text is dealt with in three sections: context, comment, and meaning. I found this approach very helpful. The 35 page introduction engages with the latest developments in scholarship. This book is a valuable addition to my library.