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Deuteronomy (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries | TOTC)

, 1974
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Thousands camped east of the Jordan, ready to cross it, eradicate a decadent culture and establish their own nation. Their remarkable leader Moses, soon to die, stood and spoke to them. He reminded them of their covenant relation to Yahweh their Lord, of Yahweh's mighty acts on their behalf, of the practical differences their loyalty to Yahweh should make. He implored them to be totally devoted to their sovereign God.

The book of Deuteronomy records these speeches. For J. A. Thompson, we cannot fail to be challenged by the persistent demands throughout the book that we should acknowledge the complete and sole sovereignty of God in our lives. Nor can we fail to be touched by the noble concept of God that underlies the whole book.

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“Israel was to remember that it was Yahweh alone who gave her the strength to acquire wealth. Moreover, every blessing she enjoyed was the result of his covenant with her and the outcome of his promise to her forefathers. This lesson for Israel has wide implications for all mankind. Wealth and prosperity can never be regarded as a natural right. They are the gift of God. Since the majority of people in the world lack wealth, those who are wealthy need to beware lest pride in their own achievements possess them and bring about their ruin.” (Page 154)

“The real reason was more profound. Israel was to love God because God first loved her.” (Page 165)

“In our own day the nominalism of the church in our affluent Western world bears loud testimony to the fact that in its prosperity the church has forgotten God.” (Page 141)

“In one of the longest sentences in Hebrew literature Israel is given a stern warning. When men have abundance of food and great possessions (12, 13) they tend to forget the pit whence they were dug and the pathway by which they achieved their prosperity. For Israel there could have been no prosperity had not Yahweh brought them out from the slavery of Egypt and cared for them during the wanderings (14–16). There is always a danger that men’s hearts might become lifted up with pride (14) and, forgetful of the facts of the case, declare, My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth (17; Ps. 127:1; Prov. 30:9; Hos. 13:6). Such a claim is an arrogant elevation of self to the status of God.” (Pages 153–154)

“The remembrance of God’s acts of deliverance and of judgment would provide motivation for the future. The recollection of hardships suffered in the wilderness would lead to a humbling of Israel’s spirit. Already during the forty years of wandering God had taught Israel utter dependence on him for water and food. Hunger and thirst could not be satisfied by human aid but only by God. The need for such divine provision in the hour of their extremity could not but humiliate the people. It was, indeed, God’s intention to humble them and to test them in order to discover their real motives, i.e. what was in your heart.” (Page 151)

  • Title: Deuteronomy: An Introduction and Commentary
  • Author: John A. Thompson
  • Series: Tyndale Commentaries
  • Volume: 5
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 1974
  • Logos Release Date: 2009
  • Pages: 349
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Deuteronomy › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780830842056, 9781844742608, 0830842055, 1844742601
  • Resource ID: LLS:TOTC05DTUS
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-12T13:45:59Z

The late John A. Thompson was the first director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology in Melbourne. While in Melbourne, he lectured in the School of Middle Eastern Studies at the University, and was lecturer in Old Testament studies in the Baptist Theological College of New South Wales. Making a special study of biblical archaeology, Thompson engaged in field work with ASOR at Roman Jericho and at Dibon in Transjordan. He held degrees from the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne in science, the arts, and divinity. His doctorate came from the University of Cambridge, UK, in Oriental Studies. He authored The Bible and Archaeology as well as the volume on 1st & 2nd Chronicles that is part of The New American Commentary (31 vols.).


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  1. Rob Senn

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  2. Joseph Stickney
    The Tyndale Commentaries are generally conservative and aimed at the layman. This volume pushes both boundaries just a bit. The introduction in particular tends to drone on a bit in that academic way as it goes fairly in depth engaging expert opinion on age and textual makeup of Deuteronomy. The idea of Mosaic authorship is generally dismissed, which is a bit far for me but reasons are given. Meanwhile the vocabulary had me chatting with my semi-smart phone for definitions. I suspect an seminary student could handle an of this with ease and there is something to be said for expanding knowledge and vocabulary even at the potential expense of a bottle of aspirin. The chapter and verse commentary were worth wading through the intro. Doctor Thompson did a fine job of answering questions about the text with in depth and often insightful comments. There were even some questions left over in my mind from Exodus and Leviticus that became clearer to my less than academic mind. While there are some bits of Deuteronomy that were not all that exciting, I'm sorry some laws lose something in 3000 years, and a few that were horrifying, the commentary managed to keep me pressing forward. The references to the New Testament were solid and appropriate and there were some theological moments that made me consider things in a new light. While this commentary might be a bit beyond the scope of a casual reader, it is worth attempting even if like me you have to occasionally gather in all your grey matter in one lump and demand that it all work together in order to understand some points.


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