Leviticus

Nobuyoshi Kiuchi

Leviticus
Leviticus

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Series: Apollos Old Testament
Categories: Leviticus

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and lt;p>The Bible is both the inspired word of God for his people, whether in biblical times or for the church today, and a fully human book, written in a variety of cultural settings. The Apollos Old Testament Commentary aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and it shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. These commentaries are intended primarily to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament. They are equally suitable for use by scholars and all serious students of the Bible. and lt;/p> and lt;br> and lt;b>Market/Audience and lt;/b> and lt;ul> and lt;li>Pastors and lt;/li> and lt;li>Theologians and lt;/li> and lt;li>Seminary students and lt;/li> and lt;/ul> and lt;br> and lt;b>Features and Benefits and lt;/b> and lt;ul> and lt;li>Written by an international scholar and lt;/li> and lt;li>Designed to serve the needs of those who preach or teach from the Old Testament and lt;/li> and lt;li>Committed to the inspiration and authority of the Old Testament and lt;/li> and lt;li>Pursues a theological interpretation of Old Testament books and lt;/li> and lt;li>Includes an annotated translation of the Hebrew text and lt;/li> and lt;li>Offers thorough, detailed exegesis of the historical and theological meaning of each passage and lt;/li> and lt;/ul>

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N. Roland February 19, 2019 5 5
Nobuyoshi Kiuchi’s Leviticus is the third volume published in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series. The series “aims to to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and show s the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers” (from back cover). The format is similar to that of the Word Biblical Commentary series with a translation, notes, form and structure, comment and finally explanation. Kiuchi is a Japanese Old Testament scholar from Tokyo Christian University. His inclusion in this series reflects what appears to be an intentional effort by the editors to assemble a fairly international team of writers. Kiuchi did his PhD under Gordon Wenham who produced what has been by widely considered on of the best commentaries on Leviticus currently available. Wenham’s pupil has given us a commentary that rightly belongs on the shelf next to his own work. This commentary gives helpful textual, philological and historical comments, but its greatest strengths are in the areas of literary analysis and theology. Kiuchi argues that Leviticus is not giving laws to a people already “saved” by the exodus, but rather teaches them their need for salvation (p. 28). He sees Leviticus as essentially a commentary on Genesis 3 and derives many of his interpretations of cleanness laws from their connections to the account of the fall. This analysis yields some very insightful connections. The external rituals must be connected to an internal holiness that confronts the problem of sin. The purpose of the laws are “to make the Israelites aware of their egocentric nature, to destroy this nature, thereby leading them to a state of holiness characterized by a heart free of selfish motives” (p. 46). For the Christian, the destruction of this nature is only accomplished via identification with our crucified Lord, the ultimate sacrifice. Kiuchi regularly helps to make these connections to NT theology. This theological reading is remarkably helpful for understanding the text and its contemporary significance. My biggest criticism of this commentary is that at times it appeared to this reviewer that Kiuchi had failed to make his logic explicit. Often data is presented with the straightforward claim that the data implies a certain conclusion. However, it was unclear what the connection was between the data and the conclusion. I found myself wondering if the data couldn’t be interpreted another way. Without being explicitly shown the logic behind the argument, I was unsure how to assess it. So much of the commentary depends on some of these conclusions drawn that it did seem to weaken the commentary ever so slightly. That being said, this is an outstanding commentary that deserves to be used frequently by preachers looking for help with this book which can be obscure to many. I expect this commentary will help bring Leviticus to life for Christians today. IVP provided me with a free copy with no expectation of a favorable review.

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