Matthew James Hamilton
The NIV Application Commentary: Deuteronomy
Daniel I. Block’s goal in this commentary is to bring the ancient message of Deuteronomy into the context of 21st-century Christianity. Block arranges his sections according to sequential blocks of biblical text, each about 15 to 30 verses long. Each block is separated into three categories: “Original Meaning,” which discusses the historical, literary and cultural context of the passage; “Bridging Contexts,” which helps us “discern what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible and what is not” (11); and “Contemporary Significance,” which applies the text directly to a 21st-century Christian’s life.
This commentary will be helpful to anyone seeking to learn more about the text of Deuteronomy without academic training. It will be especially enlightening if used in combination with a critical commentary.