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Deuteronomy (The NIV Application Commentary) Hardcover – August 25, 2012
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About the Author
Daniel I. Block (D.Phil, University of Liverpool) is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College.
Top Customer Reviews
I've had a keen interest in studying Deuteronomy more in-depth for a while. It's one of the most frequently quoted Old Testaments book in the New Testament and it's foundational for understanding the rest of the Old Testament. I requested the book from Zondervan and upon arrival was immediately intimidated. It's over 800 pages long. I actually put off starting to read it multiple times but once I jumped in I was pleasantly surprised. NIVAC Deuteronomy is readable and practical. Each chapter starts with Scripture and then immediately wades into the exegetical deep end ("Original Meaning") and is followed by "Bridging the Context" and "Contemporary Significance."
Three Important Focuses
I especially appreciated three focuses of NIVAC Deuteronomy. First, Block writes with an intentional gospel focus. He sets the expectations early on and didn't fail to follow through. Throughout he contrasts common misconception that Moses is all law and the New Testament is all grace. He strongly argues that Deuteronomy actually contrast "mediated grace (`through Moses') and embodied grace (`in Jesus Christ')" (p. 57). So there's not two gospels--it's rather an issue of intensity (Hebrews 3:1-6 compares Moses and Jesus as servant versus son). Just a few pages later, Block says,
[T]his book present the gospel according to Moses. This is a gospel of divine grace lavished on undeserving human beings. Moses's vision of humanity as a whole. The book points the reader to the Lord God, who has redeemed his people and assigned them the mission of radiating his grace to the world (p. 59 also see pp. 116, 122-23, 145-46, and especially 200-01).
I want to offer the most prominent example of his gospel focus.Read more ›
This commentary on Deuteronomy is another very helpful resource that Block has provided for the student and pastor. This commentary is clearly informed by massive scholarship throughout. As an application commentary, the exegesis is not as in-depth as a technical commentary, it is still quite thorough (as the footnotes clearly indicate). The strengths of this commentary are its sensitivity to theological issues along with a respect for the history of interpretation within the Christian tradition.
Block is also helpful in drawing New Testament connections to Deuteronomy showing the vital importance of this book within the biblical canon. His applications are generally helpful but sometimes he fails to mention even basic applications (see his discussion of Deuteronomy 6:4-7) or balks at applying various law codes to the contemporary culture and situation. For those in the Reformed tradition who hold to the general equity of the civil law, his applications are sometimes weak.
Block's introduction to the book is mercifully short but still helpful in providing a context for understanding the book as a whole.Read more ›
This is a great commentary from an application angle. Block makes sure that the scholarship involved does not wear down the reader. Exegesis has been provided when the contexts require it. The strongest part of the commentary comes from the application perspective and the way to interpret the book with New Testament grace.Read more ›
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Very good commentary this one is packed full of information. Make sure you look up each bracketed [ ] verse in the commentary with your own bible, even though the commentary says... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Blake
Good commentary for a regular person without higher learning in Biblical Studies. I like the application ideas.Published 20 months ago by Lynn M. Hamsen
Here is another NIV that is needed for completion. What more can one ask for when completing the set needed?Published on February 3, 2014 by Julius K. Magee II