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Christopher Wright, Deuteronomy
Posted March 17, 2010 by Joshua Moon

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Wright, DeuteronomyI am happy to open these reviews/resources with what I am finding the best overtly popular work on Deuteronomy available. Christopher Wright is among my favorite Old Testament scholars writing today and I have learned perhaps as much from him as most anyone else among contemporary Old Testament scholars. He is one of those few from whom you learn something every time you pick up one of his books from the shelf.

Wright’s commentary on Deuteronomy presents the book’s heart through page after page of his work. The commentary is short (relatively speaking) so many of the details scholars want are missing. But he cannot be blamed for that, and it makes the book far more usable to everyone else. A commentary on Deuteronomy offers Wright the excuse to blend his chief scholarly pursuits and passions: Old Testament ethics and the devotion of the church to the mission of God to the world. What emerges from these interests pondered over the text of Deuteronomy is a commentary rich in insight and clearly devoted to being used in and by the church for the glory of God.

I am often asked about what commentaries I recommend on some particular book of the Bible. Normally I hedge my recommendations with qualifications: “not quite up to date in scholarship,” “rather too critical to be useful for most Christians,” “too little (or too much?) theological reflection.” I have no such qualifications for this work. To anyone who will have one single commentary on Deuteronomy on their shelves, this is the one to own and the one to help grasp this great book, the “heartbeat of the Old Testament.”

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