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For Our Good Always

Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block

Edited by Jason DeRouchie, Jason Gile, and Kenneth Turner

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For Our Good Always

Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block

Edited by Jason DeRouchie, Jason Gile, and Kenneth Turner

With a title adapted from Deut 6:24, For Our Good Always is a collection of 25 essays from evangelical scholars on the message of Deuteronomy and its influence on Christian Scripture. No other book colors the tapestry of biblical thought quite like Deuteronomy. It synthesized the theology of the Pentateuch, provided Israel with a constitution for guiding their covenant relationship with Yahweh in the promised land, and served as a primary lens through which later biblical authors interpreted Israel’s covenant history. Recent advances in scholarship on Deuteronomy and developments in biblical interpretation are raising fresh questions and opening new paths for exploration. This collection of studies wrestles with Deuteronomy from historical, literary, theological, and canonical perspectives and offers new questions, presents original discoveries, and makes innovative proposals.</p>The volume is offered in honor of Daniel I. Block on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Few Old Testament scholars have worked so ably, carefully, and intentionally to help the church and the academy grasp the message of Deuteronomy. Block’s own studies always exhibit an admirable balance of exegetical rigor, literary and theological awareness, and pastoral care, and for well over a decade he has, like the priest-scribe Ezra, devoted himself to the study, practice, and teaching of the deuteronomic torah (Ezra 7:10), helping and urging others to hear the life-giving gospel of Moses in Deuteronomy. The international group of specialists that contributed to this volume consists of Daniel Block’s colleagues, friends, and former students. It is their hope that these studies will in various ways supplement Daniel Block’s work, serving the church and the academy and honoring the God of Israel.

 

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With a title adapted from Deut 6:24, For Our Good Always is a collection of 25 essays from evangelical scholars on the message of Deuteronomy and its influence on Christian Scripture. No other book colors the tapestry of biblical thought quite like Deuteronomy. It synthesized the theology of the Pentateuch, provided Israel with a constitution for guiding their covenant relationship with Yahweh in the promised land, and served as a primary lens through which later biblical authors interpreted Israel’s covenant history. Recent advances in scholarship on Deuteronomy and developments in biblical interpretation are raising fresh questions and opening new paths for exploration. This collection of studies wrestles with Deuteronomy from historical, literary, theological, and canonical perspectives and offers new questions, presents original discoveries, and makes innovative proposals.</p>The volume is offered in honor of Daniel I. Block on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Few Old Testament scholars have worked so ably, carefully, and intentionally to help the church and the academy grasp the message of Deuteronomy. Block’s own studies always exhibit an admirable balance of exegetical rigor, literary and theological awareness, and pastoral care, and for well over a decade he has, like the priest-scribe Ezra, devoted himself to the study, practice, and teaching of the deuteronomic torah (Ezra 7:10), helping and urging others to hear the life-giving gospel of Moses in Deuteronomy. The international group of specialists that contributed to this volume consists of Daniel Block’s colleagues, friends, and former students. It is their hope that these studies will in various ways supplement Daniel Block’s work, serving the church and the academy and honoring the God of Israel.

Contributors

Foreword

Peter J. Gentry

Preface

The Publications of Daniel I. Block: Overview and Bibliography

Charlie Trimm

Tributes from the Block Family

Part 1: The Message of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy and Ancient Hebrew History Writing in Light of Ancient Chronicles and Treaties Alan Millard

“Because of the Wickedness of These Nations” (Deut 9:4–5): The Canaanites––Ethical or Not? Richard S. Hess

Admonitory Examples in Hittite and Biblical Legal Contexts Harry A. Hoffner Jr.

“These Are the Words Moses Spoke”: Implied Audience and a Case for a Pre-Monarchic Dating of Deuteronomy Peter T. Vogt

Laws and Ethical Ideals in Deuteronomy Gordon J. Wenham

Counting the Ten: An Investigation into the Numbering of the Decalogue Jason S. DeRouchie

“Keep These Words in Your Heart” (Deut 6:6): A Spirituality of Torah in the Context of the Shema J. Gordon McConville

The Rhetoric of Theophany: The Imaginative Depiction of Horeb in Deuteronomy 9–10 Jerry Hwang

For Your Good Always: Restraining the Rights of the Victor for the Well-Being of the Vulnerable (Deut 21:10–14) Rebekah Josberger

Deuteronomy’s Theology of Exile Kenneth J. Turner

Part 2: The Influence of Deuteronomy

The Impact of Deuteronomy on the Books of the Deuteronomistic History Michael A. Grisanti

Deuteronomy and Isaiah H. G. M. Williamson

The Enduring Word of the Lord in Deuteronomy and Jeremiah 36 Michael Graves

Deuteronomy and Ezekiel’s Theology of Exile Jason Gile

The “Revealed Things”: Deuteronomy and the Epistemology of Job Christopher B. Ansberry

“Fear God and Keep His Commandments”(Eccl 12:13): An Examination of Some Intertextual Relationships between Deuteronomy and Ecclesiastes Richard Schultz

The Influence of Deuteronomy on Intercessory Prayers in Ezra and Nehemiah Gary V. Smith

Testing God’s Son: Deuteronomy and Luke 4:1–13 Grant R. Osborne

Paul’s Reading of Deuteronomy: Law and Grace Douglas Moo

Part 3: The Lasting Significance of Deuteronomy

Making the Ten Count: Reflections on the Lasting Message of the Decalogue Jason S. DeRouchie

Welcoming the Stranger: Toward a Theology of Immigration in Deuteronomy M. Daniel Carroll R.

Sermonizing in Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, and the 21st Century Elmer A. Martens

The Prophet Who Is Like and Greater Than Moses: A Sermon on Deuteronomy 18:15–22 Daniel L. Akin

Stealing Souls: Human Trafficking and Deuteronomy 24:7 Myrto Theocharous

The Book of the Torah as a Gospel of Grace: A Synthesis of Daniel I. Block’s Biblical Theology of Deuteronomy Thomas H. McClendon Jr.

Indexes

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

Index of Ancient Sources

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