New Commentaries on Job and “The Favorite Book of Jesus”

I am grateful for the grace of the formal education I received in biblical studies.  I consider it a great privilege to have been educated at Moody Bible Institute (B.A. – ’05) and Wheaton College Graduate School (M.A. – ‘08).  By God’s grace, I was able to study under more than a handful of top-notch biblical scholars.  Thus, I get excited when I see resources being released by professors from the schools I attended.

In the realm of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible studies, two professors from Wheaton are releasing what look to be promising volumes in Zondervan’s NIVAC series.

Daniel Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, has authored the Deuteronomy volume.  For those who have been unacquainted with Deuteronomy, Block’s words from the section dealing with the contemporary significance of Deut. 1:1-5 should be both encouraging and enlightening in terms of the book’s overall significance…

“For many Christians the Old Testament in general and Deuteronomy in particular is a dead book. Consequently, the favorite book of Jesus is ignored, the source of much Johannine and Pauline theology is discarded, and the life-giving power of the Word of God is cut off. Unless we rediscover this book, we will not treasure the Old Testament as a whole. As we will see in the commentary, this book presents the gospel according to Moses. This is a gospel of divine grace lavished on undeserving human beings. Moses’ vision for his own people serves as a microcosm for the divine vision of humanity as a whole. The book points the reader to the Lord God, who has redeemed his people and assigned them the mission of radiating his grace to the world.” (emphasis mine)

For more information regarding Dr. Block’s commentaries on Ezekiel, Judges, and Ruth, CLICK HERE.

John Walton’s commentary on Job is another forthcoming offering in the NIVAC series.  Dr. Walton is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton, and one of evangelicalism’s foremost scholars on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern literature.  I had the pleasure of having Dr. Walton for Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds of the Old Testament while at Wheaton.  His careful scholarship, reverence for the God of the Bible, and desire for others to appreciate the Old Testament Scriptures, I’m certain, will come through in this volume.

If you happen to be in the market for an excellent commentary on the book of Genesis, Walton’s NIVAC commentary on Genesis is superb.

Both commentaries, Deuteronomy and Job, are set to be released by Zondervan in late August, and are currently available for preorder on Amazon:


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