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"There has been plenty of interest in the book of Daniel on the part of commentators over the past generation or two. The one that I have found of the most all-round benefit is Ernest Lucas in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series. Lucas succeeds in drawing out the message of the book while also paying judicious attention to complex issues of history, eschatology, and composition." (Tim Meadowcroft, Catalyst, Vol. 40, No. 3, March 2014)

"Students, scholars, and ministers will derive much profit from this commentary." (James Chukwuma Okoye, The Bible in Review)

"What every preacher and student needs is a commentary that makes positive use of the results of scholarly research while at the same time integrating them sympathetically into a contemporary Christian theological worldview. Many series have set out to achieve this, but few have succeeded. Now at last the Apollos series looks set to do so: the names of the editors and potential contributors, together with the evidence of these early volumes, all inspire confidence." (H. G. M. Williamson, FBA, Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford)

"At last! A commentary series that combines the best of biblical scholarship with a passion for the message of the text. Besides, it actually answers the questions I ask when I read the Scriptures. This series by the finest evangelical scholars is designed for students and pastors who are serious about understanding the Old Testament in its context and translating its message for the church in the twenty-first century." (Daniel Block, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College)

"Evangelical Old Testament study has made huge strides in the second half of the twentieth century. Tyndale House in the U.K. and IVP internationally were central to that renaissance. And now at the start of the twenty-first century the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series will build on that foundation as it showcases some of the best contemporary Old Testament interpretation. This series rightly insists on rigorous scholarship but always in the service of the theology and message of the books of the Old Testament. Some outstanding scholars are signed up for this series, and I look forward very much to having these commentaries on my shelves as they appear." (Craig Bartholomew, Senior Research Fellow, University of Gloucestershire, editor of the Scripture and Hermeneutics series)

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Apollos Old Testament Commentary (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (September 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830825053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830825059
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This volume was the first in what is developing into a major commentary series. This entry has enjoyed a favorable reception in the scholarly world and so I looked forward to reviewing it. Now that I have used all the titles in the Apollos series, I personally think the first two volumes (this one and Daniel) has a different feel than later volumes.

I found the Introduction to be unhelpful. He tackled issues of composition that I couldn’t agree with, and more importantly, most pastors find irrelevant. Only when he gave some theological insights was I helped. He also did not accept Mosaic authorship. Though the Apollos is earning a conservative reputation, this one would have trouble earning that designation in places.

Still, the quality of the commentary proper is high. The writing is good, the scholarship mature, and the information helpful. It was engaging throughout. This alone will make for a great commentary volume. The layout is similar to all the volumes: translation, notes on the text, form and structure, comment, and explanation. Consistently, I enjoyed the last two the list the most.

When I said that the first two Apollos volumes had a different feel, it seemed to me they were more for the scholar while the later volumes were better for pastors. If you are a scholar, add a star! In any event, I still recommend this volume and the entire series.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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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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