Deuteronomy is a book about Israel's preparation for a new life. Hardship and the wilderness lie behind; the conquest of the promised land lies ahead. What remains at this crucial stage in Israel's history - the end of the Mosaic Age - is a call for a new commitment to God and a fresh understanding of the nature of the community of God's people.
Interpreting Deuteronomy from a conservative perspective, Peter C. Craigie highlights the centrality of the book's theme of covenant commitment while also taking great care to demonstrate how Deuteronomy is a book with considerable contemporary relevance. He uses research in Old Testament studies to effectively bridge the gap of more than three thousand years that spearates the modern reader from the events described in Deuteronomy, thus clarifying the primary message of the text for the modern reader. In its simplets phrasing that message is "Commit yourself to God wholeheartedly." Deuteronomy, according to Craigie, provides a paradigm for the kingdom of God in the modern world.
About the New International Commentary Old Testament Series
“In the Old Testament we read God’s word as it was spoken to his people Israel. Today, thousands of years later, we hear in these thirty-nine books his inspired and authoritative message for us.”
These twin convictions, shared by all of the contributors to The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, define the goal of this ambitious series of commentaries. For those many modern readers who find the Old Testament to be strange and foreign soil, the NICOT series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each NICOT volume aims to help us hear God’s word as clearly as possible.
Scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students will welcome the fresh light that this commentary series casts on ancient yet familiar biblical texts. The contributors apply their proven scholarly expertise and wide experience as teachers to illumine our understanding of the Old Testament. As gifted writers, they present the results of the best recent research in an interesting manner.
Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions concerning its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. The author’s own translation from the original Hebrew forms the basis of the commentary proper. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance in-depth discussions of technical matters — textual criticism, critical problems, and so on — with exposition of the biblical writer’s theology and its implications for the life of faith today.
About the Author
Peter C. Craigie (1938-1985) was educated at the universities of Edinburgh, Durham, and Aberdeen and held the Ph.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He was Academic Vice President and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary in Alberta. His other scholarly works include Ugarit and the Old Testament and The Problem of War in the Old Testament.
Peter Craigie's exposition of Deuteronomy is full, accurate, and illuminating. He bears in mind that Deuteronomy is not only a monument of ancient Hebrew literature but a permanent part of Christian Scripture.