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In this commentary, Gordon McConville offers a theological interpretation of Deuteronomy in the context of the biblical canon. Dr McConville argues that in the context of the ancient world, Deuteronomy should be understood as the radical blueprint for the life of a people - at the same time both spiritual and political, and profoundly different from every other social, political and religious programme.
He shows that Deuteronomy incorporates the tension between an open-ended vision of a perfectly ordered society under God, and practical provisions for dealing with the frailty and imperfections of real people. Hence, it is capable of informing our thinking about the organisation of societies, while maintaining a vision of the kingdom of God.
"A commentary series that combines the best of biblical scholarship with a passion for the message of the text... This series by the finest evangelical scholars is designed for students and pastors who are serious about understanding the Old Testament in its context and translating its message for the church in the twenty-first century."
- Daniel Block, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College