In this comprehensive commentary on Deuteronomy, Tigay handles the often complex text with the skill of a master scholar. Within the line-by-line commentary are elaborations on specific textual, historical and social issues that oftentimes continue through many pages. This is above and beyond the 33 excursuses to the commentary, the extensive footnotes and the helpful charts and maps.
This resource is available as part of the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection (11 volumes).
“Loyalty to the Lord The main theme of Deuteronomy is the ardent and exclusive loyalty that Israel owes the Lord, as expressed in 6:4–5: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord is Our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.’” (Page xiii)
“However, there is much in the book that seems considerably older than this.” (Page xxi)
“The only positive responsibility that Deuteronomy assigns the king is copying and studying God’s Teaching” (Page 166)
“Monotheism The fundamental principle underlying Deuteronomy is monotheism” (Page xii)
“The belief that God is the author of the laws is a distinctive feature of Israelite law.” (Page 60)