Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Studying the book of Leviticus is not something that many people do, but Baker, Brueggemann and Merrill mention that it is a necessary book to read for three reasons: theological, religious and historical. The theological aspect of Leviticus is important because it gives a history of the people of Israel and many of the concepts and terms that were common to Jesus were first mentioned in Leviticus. For example, in John 1:29 where it says Jesus is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” would be unfathomable if Leviticus 4:32–35 was not kept in mind. Additionally, the story of the woman who was hemorrhaging in Mark 5:25–34 would not be as easily comprehended if we did not have Leviticus 15:25–27 as background.
The second reason to study Leviticus is that of religious reasons. In today’s church, the who, where, when, why and how of worship and whether or not it can be accomplished in a group and the possibility of it being something that can between a person and God, something that can achieved one on one is discussed. Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy gives the reader a greater understanding of worship and the importance it has in our lives.
Thirdly, Leviticus is discussed from a historical perspective. The information came from those who were part of history and the book gives background to how they had an impact on the ancient Near East.
The content covered in Numbers by Dale Brueggemann breathes new life into the book and gives us a new understanding of the content in Numbers. Eugene H. Merrill gives an in depth look to Deuteronomy and how it is pertinent to us today.
- Introductions to the historical and cultural context, the literary style, and the major themes and theological concerns
- Exegetical and textual notes
- Commentary pays special attention to context and major theological themes
Praise for the Print Edition
An enormously helpful series for the layperson and pastor alike because it centers on the theological message of each book and ties it directly to the text. This approach has been needed for some time and will be an invaluable supplement to other commentary series.
A treasure house of insight into the biblical text. Written by some of the best scholars working today, it is an essential tool for pastors, students, church leaders, and lay people who want to understand the text and how it relates to our lives today. Like the NLT text it uses as its base, this commentary series is extremely readable.
—Tremper Longman III
- Title: Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
- Authors: David Baker, Dale Brueggemann, Eugene H. Merrill
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
- Publication Date: 2008
- Pages: 696
About the Authors
David Baker, Ph.D. is Professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. He serves as editor for the Evangelical Theological Society's Dissertation series and Studies series. He has authored several articles/books, including the NIV Application Commentary on Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi and The Face of Old Testament Studies: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches. Dr. Baker served as a Leviticus reviewer for the New Living Translation.
Dale Brueggemann pastored in Idaho throughout the 1970s. He has taught at Valley Forge Christian College in Philadelphia, and at Central Bible College in Missouri.
Eugene H. Merrill is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He is currently director of Eurasia education services for Assemblies of God World Missions, and he has been heavily involved in ministry in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He is the author of several articles/books, including a commentary on Deuteronomy in the New American Commentary series and the Deuteronomy study notes for the NLT Study Bible. He also served as a Deuteronomy reviewer for the New Living Translation.