For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
The word ‘Deuteronomy’ is a misnomer. It means ‘the second law’. The name is taken from Deuteronomy 17:18 where the expression really means having a copy of the law. Deuteronomy is therefore not a second, different law, but a renewal of the covenant made on Mount Sinai. For a people on the brink of entering the Promised Land, Deuteronomy confirmed God’s gracious promises as they prepared for new horizons and adventures.
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“Law and grace go together in the biblical setting. Even granting the covenant and giving the law was purely of grace. The mercy seat and the testimony in close proximity in the Tabernacle (Lev. 16:13) draw attention to this fact. The law is a reflection of God’s own character and it sets the pattern for imitation. Israel was obliged to be holy, because God was holy.” (Page 75)
“This fear is not the abject fear of a cowering slave, but heartfelt devotion of a redeemed sinner” (Page 89)
“The land was granted to Israel on condition she remained true to the requirements that God had placed on her” (Page 24)
“an historical framework against which the rest of the book should be viewed” (Page 31)
“Deuteronomy ends with the death of Moses, but points ahead to the impending realisation of the possession of the land. While the opening of Deuteronomy is looking backward, the conclusion of the book is looking forward.” (Page 8)
He keeps the connectedness of the text before us and yet can dash off to capture a Hebrew participle or suffix, pilfer a bit of Near Eastern background, or serve up the succinct result of a word study—all to light up a passage.
—Dale Ralph Davis, former Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Semianry