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Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary) Hardcover – August 14, 2002


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  • Series: Apollos Old Testament Commentary
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (August 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830825053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830825059
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 9.1 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. Gordon McConville is professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. He is the author of several books and studies on Old Testament topics, including Law and Theology in Deuteronomy (JSOT Press), Time and Place in Deuteronomy (with J. G. Millar, JSOT Press) and Judgment and Promise: An Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah (Apollos).

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J. Gordon McConville is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and is a member of the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University. He is the author of Law and Theology in Deuteronomy and Judgement and Promise: Interpreting the Book of Jeremiah.

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I read this book for a seminary class and found it to be very detailed.
Steven A. Leap
I have gone through 6 commentaries and this one is solid - helps fill in some background and some good insights.
F. P. Smith
Footnotes are always preferred, and this is especially so for an author who uses citations so liberally.
Matthew Gunia

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
J. G. McConville is a professor of Old Testament at Gloucestershire (England) and is the first scholar to provide a commentary in the new Apollos Commentary Series. This series is intended primarily for preachers and teachers of the word in aims to help them understand both the culture of the ancient Biblical work and its application into modern society. In this, McConville does an admirable job.

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.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By F. P. Smith on February 18, 2006
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I have been preaching through Deuteronomy - and have been struggling to make it relevant and engaging. Picked this up because I pastor a conservative evangelical church and IVP is a publisher I trust, and because NIV Application series has not yet finished the volume on Deuteronomy. I have gone through 6 commentaries and this one is solid - helps fill in some background and some good insights. Treats from an UK perspective which is interesting, and treats higher critical and historical consideration well enough. I still use the others and still wish I had the NIV Application volume.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Leap on September 3, 2009
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I read this book for a seminary class and found it to be very detailed. The reading is difficult (those who are new in the faith: maybe you should hold off on this one for now!) but fulfilling. After having studied the book of Deuteronomy and having read two commentaries on the book, I began to see Deuteronomic teachings showing up throughout all of Scripture. I have read through the entire Bible since that class and am amazed how often I am referring to this book and its covenantal nature. I see God using covenant language throughout the Old Testament, especially when dealing with the sinful nation of Israel. Anyway, if you would like to study a book that will affect the way you read the rest of the Bible, this is a good choice.
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17 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Parr on October 12, 2005
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I hate to give this commentary only three stars. Its specialty is its biblical-theological nature. McConville interprets each passage in the light of the broader theology of Scripture. Rather than appraoching each passage as though it stood alone, he excels at synthesizing it with the broader theological context. So for an interpretation of Deuteronomy that is scripturally broad and thought-provoking, this is the one. However, McConville has been strongly influenced by James D.G. Dunn. McConville's interpretation of one of the most important passages in Deuteronomy (30:1-14) is strongly influenced by Dunn's maverick interpretations of Romans 10 (which quotes Deut. 30:11-14). I was very disappointed that McConville, who often shows real insight in disproving liberal opinion, swallowed Dunn hook, line, and sinker.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James B. Angus on April 5, 2008
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McConville does a good job of bringing out all the hidden secrets of Deuteronomy. He breaks down everything so it can simply be made known on a young scholar level. If you need a well written commentary on Detueronomy this is it!
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