by Telford Work


336pp.   $29.99

Publication Date: March 2009

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Telford Work (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of theology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and the author of several books, including Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Living through the Lord’s Prayer and Living and Active: Scripture in the Economy of Salvation. He serves as associate editor for Pro Ecclesia and has written articles for numerous publications, including Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and Theology Today.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Deuteronomy summarizes the Torah and casts its long influence on the rest of the canon. Telford Work insightfully guides the reader through this important book and displays its significance to today’s community of faith. I particularly appreciate his commitment to the text, unwilling to explain away some of its more difficult features. I recommend this not only to clergy and students, but also to biblical scholars who will benefit from the perspective of a theologian who is grounded in the Bible.”—Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

“Work moves through the book of Deuteronomy chapter by chapter, highlighting what he calls the plain sense of the passage (literal), the allegorical sense related to faith, the anagogical sense related to hope, and the moral sense related to love. Using these four lenses, he not only opens the text in various ways but also draws out implications for contemporary believers. This is an interesting theological approach.”—Dianne Bergant, CSA, The Bible Today

“This commentary will prove helpful to those who come to grips with the Bible professionally as preachers and teachers. . . . There are helpful topical and Scripture indexes included.”—Richard D. Nelson, Interpretation

“For many Christians, Deuteronomy is another collection of arcane Jewish laws that have no bearing on church life in the least. . . . [Work’s] desire to recover this book for the church is commendable. . . . Work’s contribution is useful inasmuch as he actually helps readers think about just how Deuteronomy could be applied to the church. This is something many commentaries simply ignore. . . . This commentary will force readers to remember it is not enough to leave this wonderful revelation in its historical context.”—Steven H. Sanchez, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society