in Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

by Mark E. Biddle

5 Rank Score: 5.14 from 2 reviews, 0 featured collections, and 1 user libraries
Pages 534 pages
Publisher Smyth & Helwys
Published 2003
ISBN-13 9781573120616


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An in-depth study of Deuteronomy that includes some history of its interpretation in history and culture
Tyler Tankersley Tyler Tankersley July 30, 2011
Mark Biddle calls Deuteronomy "the lynchpin of the Old Testament canon" (p. 1), and I would argue that this commentary ought to be considered the new lynchpin of sources for those interested in the theological ramifications of Deuteronomy on a 21st century society. Biddle stays true to the spirit of the text, yet also points out how the text has often been abused. For example, in his discussion on the third commandment he comments, "Popular wisdom has a way of reading cultural values into sacred tradition." He then goes on to explain that the third commandment has nothing directly to do with our modern concept of profanity. The Smyth & Helwys series as a whole uses wonderful sidebars and rich visuals to deliver a holistic approach to commenting on the sacred texts.