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Deuteronomy

Believers Church Bible Commentary
Deuteronomy

By author: Gerald E. Gerbrandt
Product Code: 9970
ISBN: 9780836199703
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 10/1/2015
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Deuteronomy is a book full of life, stories of God’s people, and a vision for walking in the way of God. Considered by some to be the theological center of the Old Testament, Deuteronomy has been called the gospel according to Moses, with its attention to divine grace and practices of justice. Deuteronomy has also disturbed thoughtful readers throughout history, having been used to justify violence and all manner of war. In this insightful commentary, Old Testament scholar Gerald Gerbrandt invites readers to struggle with the difficult passages and to humbly converse with the book’s consistently hopeful themes of covenant, land, and leadership. Against the backdrop of apathy and amnesia and countless competing modern-day gods, Deuteronomy calls for the exclusive worship of the one God, with a reminder of what that God has done for us. It presents a vision for a community of brothers and sisters who treat each other with justice and generosity. By examining the book that Jesus quoted when asked about the heart of Israel’s faith, Gerbrandt unfolds for readers the richness of a book that is endlessly challenging and remarkably relevant for today.

Deuteronomy is the twenty-ninth volume in The Believers Church Bible Commentary Series. Accessible to lay readers, useful in preaching and pastoral care, helpful for Bible study groups and Sunday school teachers, and academically sound, the commentary foregrounds an Anabaptist reading of Scripture. Relying on a unique format that includes sections on The Text in Biblical Context and The Text in the Life of the Church, the commentary series is a cooperative project of Brethren in Christ Church, Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Brethren Church, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Church USA. Published for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today, the series is based on the conviction that God is still speaking to all who will listen, and that the Holy Spirit makes the Word a living and authoritative guide for all who want to know and do God’s will.

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Abbreviations Pronunciation Guide Series Foreword Author’s Preface Introduction to Deuteronomy A Sermon for Today Theological Themes in Deuteronomy Torah: Sermon, Not Law The Structure and Logic of Deuteronomy Deuteronomy and the Scandal of Violence Deuteronomy and a Hermeneutics of Suspicion Part 1, First Speech (1:1–4:43): Retrospect and Prospect 1:1-5 Introduction *Israel at the Boundary +The People of God at Boundaries 1:6-18 Retrospect: Dividing the Load *Responsibility for Justice +Justice is the “Bottom Line” 1:19–2:1 Retrospect: Rebellion at the Border *An Imperfect Story +Inordinate Confidence 2:2-23 Retrospect: Peaceful Encounters *God and the Nations +Theology versus Practice 2:24–3:11 Retrospect: Hostile Confrontations *Sihon and Og as Symbols *The Gift of Land Within Scripture +Misreading the Story 3:12-29 Retrospect: Final Arrangements for Crossing the Jordan *At Rest, and Yet Not +Living on the Way to Full Rest 4:1-43 Prospect *The Greatness of Israel *Distress and Repentance +Theological Images Part 2, Second Speech (4:44–28:68): Preaching Torah 2A Introduction, 4:44-49 2B The Horeb Covenant, 5:1-33 *The Ten Commandments beyond the Pentateuch +The Ten Commandments on Display 2C Preaching the Foundational Commandment, 6:1–11:32 6:1-9 Yahweh Is One—Yahweh Alone *Loving God +Centrality of the Shema 6:10-25 Remembering Yahweh in the Land *Biblical Creeds +A Story Provides the Meaning 7:1-26 Chosen to Be a Holy Possession *Why Did God Choose Israel? *Election, Separation, and Mission +The Church and Separation 8:1-20 Remember! Do Not Forget! *God’s Nurture *The Peril of Prosperity *Jesus in the Wilderness +Land as Blessing and Temptation 9:1–10:11 Israel: Stubborn, Not Righteous *Human Nature—God’s Nature *Interceding with God +Original Sin +The Power of Prayer 10:12–11:32 A Midcourse Review *Stark Alternatives +A Works Righteousness? 2D Preaching the Moab Covenant, 12:1–26:19 2D Unit 1 Exclusive Worship of the One God, 12:1–14:21 12:1-32 Worship at The Place *Centralization in Israel and Scripture +Deuteronomy 2 and Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics +Right Worship 13:1-18 Purging Apostasy *One Way, and the Consequences of the Other Way +Capital Punishment or No Discipline +Worshiping the Family? 14:1-21 Cleanliness and Purity for a Holy People *Dietary Regulations: Symbols of Jewish Identity and Christian Universalism +Visible Reminders: Respect for All Life +Identity versus Mission 2D Unit 2 Justice in Israel: The Community, 14:22–15:18 14:22-29 The Annual Tithe *Tithing versus Generosity in Scripture +Tithing and Celebration 15:1-18 A Sabbatical Release *Old Testament Release Regulations +“True Evangelical Faith” +Liberation Theology, Preferential Option for the Poor, Jubilee 2000 +Breaking the Cycle 2D Unit 3 Festivals and the Cult, 15:19–16:17 *Festivals and Renewal +A Communal Church Year +Drama versus Word 2D Unit 4 Leadership and Judicial Procedures, 16:18–19:21 16:18–17:13 Judges and Judicial Procedures 17:14-20 The King *Torah, Moses, and Leadership in Israel and the New Testament *Kings and Kingship in Scripture +Of Kings and CEOs +Nation versus People 18:1-8 Levitical Priests *Priests, and a Royal Priesthood +Leadership and the Church 18:9-22 Prophets *True and False Prophecy +Prophets Today? 19:1-21 Further Judicial Procedures *Jesus, Prophets, and Justice *Jesus, and an Eye for an Eye +Eye for Eye, or Reconciliation? 2D Unit 5 War, 20:1-20 *War in the Old Testament and “Pacifism” in the New Testament +Making Use of Deuteronomic War Passages 2D Unit 6 Miscellaneous, 21:1–25:19 *Does God Remarry a Previously Divorced Bride? *Divorce in Scripture *God Shows No Partiality +The Church and Divorce +Syncretism 2D Unit 7 Theology through Worship, 26:1-19 *The Two Greatest Commandments +Thanksgiving as a Remembrance Day +Participation 2E Covenant Renewal, Blessings and Curses 27:1–28:68 *Blessing and Curse, Reward and Punishment +Secret Sins Part 3, Third Speech (29:1–30:20): The Covenant in Moab Making a Covenant, 29:1–30:20 *Seeing and Seeing, Hearing and Hearing +The Doable Law +Deuteronomy as Altar Call Part 4, Transition (31:1–34:12): Toward a Moses-less People Preparation for Transition 31:1-30 *When God Gives an Assignment *Inclined to Forsake, But . . . *From Direct Speech to Written Word +Discerning Gifts and Calling The Song of Moses 32:1-52 *Punishing the Nations *The Vindication of God +The Power of the Song The Blessing of Moses 33:1-29 *The Last Words of a Leader +Security and Prosperity The Death of Moses 34:1-12 *Moses after the Pentateuch +Moses Made Public +Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks in Memphis Outline of Deuteronomy Essays Biblical Monotheism Chiasm Christians and Old Testament (as) Law Composition of Deuteronomy Cult Deuteronomistic History Deuteronomy, Covenant, and Political Treaties Deuteronomy and the Reform of Josiah Dietary Regulations ?erem Holy, Holiness Law Contemporary Law, Ancient Law Apodictic and Casuistic Lawlike Materials People and Places in Deuteronomy Sacrifice and Offerings Yahweh War Map of Palestine for Deuteronomy Map of the Ancient Near East for Deuteronomy Bibliography Selected Resources Index of Ancient Sources The Author

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