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Interpreting Deuteronomy: Issues and Approaches
Firth, David G. and Philip S. Johnston, editors

Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012 pp. 280. $28.00



Description: The book of Deuteronomy has been immensely influential, not least within the Old Testament itself. It is found among the most frequently occurring manuscripts at Qumran, and it is also one of the Old Testament books most frequently cited in the New Testament. In Matthews Gospel, it is Deuteronomy which Jesus cites in rejecting temptation.nnAs with so many other Old Testament books, study of Deuteronomy is in the midst of significant change. While for many scholars the Documentary Hypothesis has continued to provide a framework for interpretation, it no longer commands the status of an assured result. Instead, fresh approaches have been developed, engendering their own debates. Recent as well as older study affirms that Deuteronomy represents a distinctive theological voice within the Pentateuch.nnWhile many excellent resources are now available, these tend to be either introductory or highly specialized; there are fewer that bridge the gap between the two. This volume contributes to that need: it assumes some foundational knowledge and guides readers through current issues and approaches. Here is evangelical scholarship that will inform, stimulate and reward diligent teachers and preachers of the Old Testament.nnThe contributors are Paul Barker, Jenny Corcoran, David G. Firth, Greg Goswell, Christian Hofreiter, Philip S. Johnston, James Robson, Csilla Saysell, Heath Thomas, Peter T. Vogt and John H. Walton.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, Literature

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Review by Nathan MacDonald
Published 11/4/2013
Citation: Nathan MacDonald, review of David G. Firth and Philip S. Johnston, eds., Interpreting Deuteronomy: Issues and Approaches, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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