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For Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block
DeRouchie, Jason S., Jason Gile and Kenneth J. Turner, editors

Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013 pp. xxxvi + 572. $64.50


Description: With a title adapted from Deut 6:24, For Our Good Always is a collection of 25 essays from evangelical scholars on the message of Deuteronomy and its influence on Christian Scripture. No other book colors the tapestry of biblical thought quite like Deuteronomy. It synthesized the theology of the Pentateuch, provided Israel with a constitution for guiding their covenant relationship with Yahweh in the promised land, and served as a primary lens through which later biblical authors interpreted Israelís covenant history. Recent advances in scholarship on Deuteronomy and developments in biblical interpretation are raising fresh questions and opening new paths for exploration. This collection of studies wrestles with Deuteronomy from historical, literary, theological, and canonical perspectives and offers new questions, presents original discoveries, and makes innovative proposals. The volume is offered in honor of Daniel I. Block on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Few Old Testament scholars have worked so ably, carefully, and intentionally to help the church and the academy grasp the message of Deuteronomy. Blockís own studies always exhibit an admirable balance of exegetical rigor, literary and theological awareness, and pastoral care, and for well over a decade he has, like the priest-scribe Ezra, devoted himself to the study, practice, and teaching of the deuteronomic torah (Ezra 7:10), helping and urging others to hear the life-giving gospel of Moses in Deuteronomy. The international group of specialists that contributed to this volume consists of Daniel Blockís colleagues, friends, and former students. It is their hope that these studies will in various ways supplement Daniel Blockís work, serving the church and the academy and honoring the God of Israel.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Jeffrey G. Audirsch
Published 4/6/2017
Citation: Jeffrey G. Audirsch, review of Jason S. Derouchie, Jason Gile, and Kenneth J. Turner, eds., For Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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