Clements presents this book as a central law-book (Chapters 12–26) surrounded by a framework (Chapters 1–11 and 27–34). The framework consists of a historical introduction in Chapters 1–3, a series of speeches and exhortation and admonition in Chapters 4–11, and a historical epilogue in Chapters 27–34. The central law-book of Chapters 12–26, says Clements, appears as a recognizable whole, a series of laws, many of which elaborate on earlier laws preserved in the book of Exodus. The author also investigates the central theological themes, authorship, historical background and the social development of Israel and its connections to the book of Deuteronomy.
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- Title: Sheffield Old Testament Guides: Deuteronomy
- Author: Ronald E. Clements
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 1997
- Pages: 101
About Ronald E. Clements
Ronald E. Clements was formerly Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament at King’s College at the University of London. He earned his degrees at Spurgeon’s College in London; Christ’s College, Cambridge; and the University of Sheffield, UK, where he received his Ph.D. in 1961. After lecturing seven years at the University of Edinburgh, he spent 1967-83 as a lecturer at Cambridge University. An ordained Baptist minister in England since 1956, he has written more than a dozen significant books on the Old Testament. He also contributed to the esteemed Hermeneia commentary set.