Best 10 Deuteronomy Commentaries You Should Start With

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Deuteronomy locates Moses and the Israelites in the territory of Moab in the area where the Jordan flows into the Dead Sea (1:5). As his final act at this important time of transferring leadership to Joshua, Moses delivered his farewell addresses to prepare the people for their entrance into Canaan.1Source

Reflecting on the nation’s past mistakes, Moses urges the people not to repeat those errors when they enter the Promised Land. Possessing Canaan will fulfill the promises made to the patriarchs, but if the people fall into idolatry or fail to keep the law, they will be exiled.2Source

Best Commentaries on Deuteronomy Commentaries

Best Deuteronomy Commentaries


Deuteronomy (OT Daily Study Bible Series)

David F. Payne – former Senior Lecturer in Semitic Studies at Queen’s University of Belfast and Academic Dean of London Bible College – helps readers see the importance of Deuteronomy yesterday and today.

Payne’s book is part of the Daily Study Bible which carries forth the Barclay’s New Testament series and has been extended to cover the entire Old Testament. The series is excellent for individual devotional study, group discussion, and classroom use.  Each volume in the Daily Study Bible provides a useful, reliable, and readable way to discover what the Scriptures were saying then and what God is saying today.


Deuteronomy: Commands of a Covenant God (Focus on the Bible)

Allan Macdonald Harman – an Australian Presbyterian theologian and Old Testament scholar – shows readers that ‘Deuteronomy’ is a misnomer.  The word means ‘the second law,” but that name is from Deuteronomy 17:18 where the expression really means having a copy of the law. Thus, Harman argues, Deuteronomy is not a second law but a renewal of the covenant made on Mount Sinai.

Part of the Focus on the Bible series, Deuteronomy: Commands of a Covenant God extols fine scholarship and examples of the living God.


The Message of Deuteronomy (Bible Speaks Today)

Showing the timeless message of Deuteronomy is Raymond Edward Brown – a deceased American Catholic priest who was a member of the Sulpician Fathers and a prominent Biblical scholar.  Brown’s compilation of important historical and biblical background complements his clear, striking commentary without overwhelming his readable style. This book – from the Bible Speaks Today series – remains a great gift for the experienced and the beginning Bible reader.


Deuteronomy: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture

Dr. Eugene H. Merrill – a distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary – is the primary author of  Deuteronomy: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture from The New American Commentary.

Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version,  sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy

Dr. Jeffrey H. Tigay pens the Deuteronomy volume of The JPS Torah Commentary – a series that guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. A scholar who is the epicenter of his field, writes each volume.

Geared towards the English reader and very detailed, each book has traditional Hebrew text (with cantillation notes) the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar. Each volume also contains extra essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps. An excellent addition to anyone doing an open study of Deuteronomy.


Deuteronomy (Evangelical Press Study Commentary)

Dr. John D. Currid – the Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina – writes the Deuteronomy volume for the Evangelical Press Study Commentary. While a lengthy exposition, it is highly distinguished and readable. Currid’s writing style seems to anticipate the kinds of questions lay people might ask thereby allowing pastors to be extremely prepared as they teach or preach the book.


Deuteronomy: An Introduction and Commentary (The Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series)

The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Deuteronomy by John Arthur Thompson and D. J. Wiseman.  The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration.

Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Deuteronomy has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.


Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)

In this Apollos Old Testament Commentary J. Gordon McConville – a professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England – approaches Deauteronomy as a finished work. The author argues that in the context of the ancient world Deuteronomy should be understood as the blueprint for the life of a people. This is a mature commentary with a high level of scholarship.


The Book of Deuteronomy (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

AA writer who is both scholarly and easy to read, Peter C. Craigie pens The Book of Genesis 1-17 for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series. This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources fore their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.


Deuteronomy (New International Biblical Commentary)

Written by Christopher Wright – the Principal of All Nations Christian College, in Ware, United Kingdom– the Deuteronomy commentary for the New International Biblical Commentary is long enough to avoid being superficial, but short enough to make it palatable.

For those wishing for further discussion than is found in the discussion of the text, there are additional notes at the end of each section, as well as in the various exercises throughout the volume. Pastors and students will find this series to be accessible without sacrificing true scholarship. Section by section exposition with key terms and phrase highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. A separate section of notes at the close of each chapter provides additional textual and technical comments. Each commentary also includes a selected bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes.



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