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Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2007
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Rarely do I read a commentary that provokes my thinking and provides insight in the way this commentary has. The author not only has a mastery of the material in Deuteronomy better than any other commentary I have on the book, but he also shows its application to people under the New Covenant and nations in general. I have grown in my understanding not only of Deuteronomy but the Mosaic Law as a whole through reading this book. I heartily recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2012
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This book came as a pleasant surprise for my personal study in Deuteronomy. Christopher Wright is an excellent writer and gives an engaging and thought-provoking exposition of the book. There are some helpful discussions throughout on the "ethics" of difficult issues, a number of helpful tie-ins with other Old Testament passages, and even a little application (without becoming overly "preachy"). The book is definitely targeted towards the layman / low-level preacher. It requires no knowledge of Hebrew, so it should be an easy read for those not trained in the languages. The book is solidly conservative and doesn't waste time getting bogged down in the mess of critical issues surrounding the book. Overall, while this was not my last stop in the study of Deuteronomy, it was certainly helpful in getting a "big picture" understanding of the text. I particularly enjoyed his handling of the speech in chapters 4-11, and his presentation of the flow of thought throughout those chapters.

The biggest downside to this book (and the reason for only four stars) is the "thinness" of the book in some places. As with other books in this series, this commentary is rather brief. Those looking for a more exhaustive in-depth study will need another book to read along with this. Most of the finer exegetical points are relegated to the footnotes. Some chapters only get five pages of material at best, (especially in the Law code section of chapters 12-26). Worse, the section on blessings and curses (chapter 28) gets a measly three and a half page summary, which overviews the chapter, but never really comments on specific features of the text. (There weren't even footnotes in that chapter!). This naturally leaves the reader wishing for more. For what this book is trying to do, it does it well. However, for those trying to really dig into the text, this book will need to supplement or be supplemented.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2009
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This is an excellent resource on the book of Deuteronomy. It is very detailed and relatively easy to read. I would highly suggest it. As always, you must purge out certain items that you will not agree with. Ultimately, however, you will find the book to be an excellent commentary.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
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This is an excellent resource for biblical study! I used it in preperation for a sermon and selected it after seeing it recommended by the Denver Seminary Journal. A straight forward commentary with strong evangelical conviction:)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2013
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Wright is a pleasure to read. His focus on the missiological thrust of Deuteronomy make it incredibly applicable to the church today.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2014
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Works well as a reference for my current Bible Study - easy to grasp explanations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
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An excellent book from a thoughtful, knowledgeable and insightful scholar.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
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Wright's commentary will transform your view of Deuteronomy from a boring Old Testament book, into an accessible, insightful, well organized, gospel centered exposition. It is by far the best commentary I have ever read.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
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I think this is a very well written commentary. But for me, a little 'much'. I like knowing some background on things, but I'm more interested in how it applies. For me, this book was kindof in the middle
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