A couple of weeks ago I posted something about Reading the Old Testament. I listed what I believe to be five good reasons for reading the Old Testament. Several people voiced their agreement in their comments, as did many others in e-mails sent to me. This post began with references to a couple of thought provoking articles by one of my favorite bloggers, Bobby Valentine. Bobby is co-author, along with John Mark Hicks, of the book entitled Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding.
Well, Bobby has done it again. He has recently posted two articles about Deuteronomy. These are under the title of Deuteronomy: The Gospel of Love. The first post begins as follows:
Deuteronomy is one of the greatest books in Scripture. While such a statement would hardly raise an eyebrow in the field of Hebrew Bible studies, it is often accompanied with shock and disbelief with Christians and their preachers. The influence of Deuteronomy is acknowledged by all biblical scholars on the rest of the Bible.
The section of Scripture that runs from Joshua through 2 Kings (minus Ruth) is a single work of history dating to the time of the Exile that is called the Deuteronomistic History (DtH) because its theological approach to history is rooted in Deuteronomy. A number of the prophets, especially Jeremiah, is shaped by this great book of the Bible… (Read this post by clicking HERE.)
Bobby’s approach to the Old Testament is so refreshing. I wrote in a comment on his blog that he has written an outstanding introduction to Deuteronomy. I then stated that his words were more than an introduction; they were more of an inducement to read and study this portion of God’s Word. So, I liked to encourage all of my blogging friends to take a look at his blog, especially these posts. Let him know that Bill sent you.
Blessings to all,