Deuteronomy: A Commentary

Jack Lundbom, who wrote the massive 3 volume commentary on Jeremiah for the Anchor Bible, has added to his bibliography with a massive commentary on the book of Deuteronomy, and published by Eerdmans (who sent me a copy for review).

lundbomThis 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, Lundbom’s 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.

I’ll upload the review when it’s done and post it here.  In the meantime, if this commentary is as informative as Lundbom’s work on Jeremiah, it’s certainly going to be worthwhile.