Fifty scholars committed to the authority of Scripture as divine revelation. 60 volumes of the best critical scholarship. The end result: the Word Biblical Commentary series, which "harvests the important historical, textual, literary and archaeological discoveries to serve the needs of professional scholars and teachers, students of the Bible and of theology, working ministers, and anyone who wants a theological understanding from Scripture."
To that exalted series, you can now add the second half of Duane Christensen's insightful analysis of Deuteronomy, covering Deut 21:10-34:12. Christensen sees Deuteronomy as a "didactic poem, composed to be recited publicly to music in ancient Israel within a liturgical setting," and places it squarely in the center of ancient Israelite worship. Focusing on the literary, theological and social issues of Moses' day, Christensen brings new understanding to the practical implications of the Sinai covenant and the artistic and literary structures of Deuteronomy. His analysis and insight may well restore Deuteronomy to its rightful place in the worship of God's people. Overview of the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) series:
Technical (Knowledge of Hebrew necessary)
Designed for students and teachers
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