I am taking a directed study this semester in Deuteronomy – one which will get me familiar with current scholarly trends as well as historical scholarship on the book. While I will be using more books later, these are the ones currently on, near, or within reach of my desk (not that my desk is reaching, but I am, while sitting at my desk and not on my desk).
First up, is Biddle’s remarkable commentary,
Deuteronomy, the last and widely considered the most influential of the five books of the Pentateuch, preserves the three addresses Moses delivered to the people of Israel just prior to his death and their entry into the promised land. Its name, which means “second law,” represented a reiteration, explication, and, to a degree, expansion, of the sole covenant between God and Israel. It was a reinterpretation of the law designed to meet the needs of a new generation facing a new future. In this volume of the groundbreaking Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series, Old Testament scholar Mark Biddle skillfully leads his readers to consider how these words which have often confounded the casual reader can help us understand and meet the needs of our own generation as well.
About the Author
Mark E. Biddle is professor of Old Testament at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. His other publications include “A Redaction History of Jeremiah” 2:1-4:2(TVZ), “Polyphony and Symphony: Rereading Jeremiah” 7-20 (Mercer), numerous articles, and several translations.
Next is Nicholson’s Deuteronomy and Tradition,
I just ordered Moshe Weinfeld’s book, Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomic School, from Eisebrauns; however, a few weeks ago, I ordered from them A Song of Power and the Power of Song, Essays on the Book of Deuteronomy. Why them? First, they actually have a human face. Second, they were CHEAPER THAN AMAZON.
There, I said…. whew….
Anyway, I have a few more to get, and soon will…
Suggestions? (Yes, I know, von Rad – it’s on the list)