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Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary) Hardcover – September 14, 2002
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McConville uses the approach of literary criticism. That is, he views Deuteronomy as a carefully-structured organic whole as opposed to a collection of redacted materials. He interacts with the idea that J,E,D, and P all contributed and edited the book and appears to view such theories as helpful, yet more often criticizes redational-critical scholars for overreaching and introducing unnecessary confusion in the text. He also avoids coming down on the historical development of the text, arguing that Deuteronomy is most likely not written by Moses nor introduced during the reigns of Hezekiah or Josiah. Rather than interact with these issues, he delves right into the text, treats it as early, and assumes that the ideal reader will treat the text as a true history of the people of Israel and how they should conduct themselves as the holy people of God.
The book is broken down into various pericopes which normally begin and end at a chapter break.Read more ›