“The book of Deuteronomy can rightly be called a compendium of the most important ideas of the Old Testament.” So begins this commentary on the book of Deuteronomy, which Bill Arnold treats as the heart of the Torah and the fulcrum of the Old Testament—crystallizing the themes of the first four books of the Bible and establishing the theological foundation of the books that follow.
After a thorough introduction that explores these and other matters, Arnold provides an original translation of the first eleven chapters of Deuteronomy along with verse-by-verse commentary (with the translation and commentary of the remaining chapters following in a second volume). As with the other entries in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Arnold remains rooted in the book’s historical context while focusing on its meaning and use as Christian Scripture today. Ideal for pastors, students, scholars, and interested laypersons, this commentary is an authoritative yet accessible companion to the book of Deuteronomy.
Table of Contents
Bibliography Introduction I. Background: The Narrative Horizons II. Unity of Composition III. Authorship and Date IV. Occasion V. Canonicity VI. The Text VII. Theology VIII. Main Themes and Their Implications IX. Analysis of Contents Text and Commentary I. The Superscription (1:1–5) II. Historical Discourse: From Horeb to Beth-Peor (1:6–3:29) III. Sermonic Discourse: The Nature and Tragedy of Idolatry (4:1–43) IV. Torah Discourse: Covenant Instructions for Israel (4:44–26:19) Indexes
Bill T. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. At Asbury since 1995, he has served as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Chair of the Area of Biblical Studies, and Director of Hebrew Studies. One of the series editors of NICOT, Dr. Arnold is also the author of several other books, including Introduction to the Old Testament.
“Bill T. Arnold has been working toward this commentary for some time now. Here at last comes the first installment of what is nothing short of a monumental gift to biblical interpreters of all kinds. Arnold has given us the most extensive, careful exposition of the text of Deuteronomy 1–11 we’ve seen in decades. We are all in his considerable debt, and we will remain there for a very long time to come.” —Brent A. Strawn Duke University
“This new edition exemplifies all that makes NICOT the leading OT commentary series: sane text-critical analysis; exegetical rigor; a deep, wide, and up-to-date engagement with the scholarly literature; and theological sensitivity and relevance. Having read dozens of commentaries and countless other works on Deuteronomy—with a few publications of my own—I still learned a lot from Arnold. More importantly, my love for the book was reignited as Arnold unpacked God’s revelation through the voice of Moses.” —Kenneth Turner Toccoa Falls College
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