'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 their promised land Deuteronomy confirmed God's gracious promises as they prepared for new horizons and adventures:
Allan Harman shows the covenant structure of Deuteronomy throughout its 5 key sections
- Historical introduction (1:1 to 4:49)
- The Foundation of the Covenant Relationship (5:1 to 31)
- The Exposition of Ten Commandments (6:1 to 26:15)
- The Re-affirmation of the Covenant (27:1 to 30:20)
- The Continuation of the Covenant (31:1 to 34:12)
"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
Allan Harman has written a fine exposition of Deuteronomy. He places the book in its literary, canonical and historical contexts without compromising evangelical convictions about Scripture.
A particular delight here are the tools Harman brings to bear from time to time: a word study here, a comment on the wider biblical background there, a reference to the archaeological background somewhere else. These are gems, and models of the judicious use of critical tools to shed light on God's word. Cross-references to other parts of the Bible set this auth or apart from non-evangelical commentators: all the important New Testament quotations and allusions are mentioned in the commentary, and New Testament passages are allowed to act as interpretative controls.
Never is this a dry book, however, because the willing reader encounters the living God through opening the biblical text. Highly recommended.
-- Churchman Journal
... students of the Bible will be thankful for years to come for Professor Harman's labours.
-- Reformed Theological Review
"Allan Harman's exposition is as clear as crystal... This is a work of fine scholarship lightly worn."
-- Geoffrey Grogan
"May we beg from israel's God that kind of spiritual-mindedness that will enable us to prepare for the heavenly Land of promise that he has bequeathed us through the death of his Beloved son."
-- Peace and Truth
Series: Focus on the Bible
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th September 2001
Publisher: Christian Focus Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Type: Revised