In this outstanding commentary, Gordon McConville offers a theological interpretation of the Old Testament book of Deuteromy in the context of the biblical can. He gives due attention to historical issues where these bear on what can be kwn about the settings in which the text emerged. His dominant method is one that approaches Deuteromy as a finished work. Dr McConville argues that in the context of the ancient world, Deuteromy should be understood as the radical blueprint for the life of a people, at the same time both spiritual and political, and profoundly different from every other social, political and religious programme. The book incorporates the tension between an open-ended vision of a perfectly ordered society under God, and practical provisions for dealing with the frailty and imperfections of real people. Hence, it is capable of informing our thinking about the organisation of societies while maintaining a vision of the kingdom of God.
Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, University of Gloucester - Established IVP author