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Recommended Commentaries for Deuteronomy

February 18, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I will be recommending commentaries for the book of Deuteronomy with this post.

Deuteronomy, by Christopher Wright.  One of the best commentaries on Deuteronomy.  Wright does a good job applying the theology of Deuteronomy within the context of the history of Israel as well as the nations as a whole, which should be of little surprise given the subject of one of his most recent books.

The Book of Deuteronomy, by Peter Craigie.  Craigie’s commentary is the classical work on Deuteronomy.  Craigie’s book is a bit older than most on Deuteronomy and is not overly detailed, but still has a lot of worth. 

Deuteronomy, by J. G. McConville.  The advantage of McConville’s commentary is the amount of time he spends on the theology of the text.  He does an excellent job discussing the individual texts of Deuteronomy in light of the entire canon (especially the NT). 

Deuteronomy, John Currid.  Currid has written a helpful commentary.  Much like Currid’s other volumes in the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus) there are many good biblical-theological insights.  Currid believes that Deuteronomy is an exposition of the Ten Commandments.  He has a forthcoming commentary on Numbers.

Treaty of the Great King, by Meredith Kline.  I don’t have a picture of this book, so that is why I have a photo of the late Dr. Kline.  Kline has written a short (149 pp.), but very good exegetical and theological treatment of Deuteronomy.  Kline devotes the first part of the book to Ancient Near Eastern treaties of kings as it relates to Deuteronomy and then provides a commentary with this thought in mind.  The book was originally published in 1962, so you may have some difficulty tracking it down.  I suggest finding a copy at the library (that’s what I did). 

Deuteronomy (NIV Application Commentary), by Daniel Block.  Block is a first-rate scholar and I expect that he will do a thorough job with this commentary.

Deuteronomy (New International Commentary on the Old Testament), Bill Arnold.  This commentary will replace Craigie’s volume. 

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  1. February 19, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Glad to see another great resource out there on biblical theology! I look forward to checking out your blog more soon.

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