Monday, April 6, 2015
I have recently started reading several books with the objective of later writing reviews of them. One of these books is by Stephen Cook. Dr. Cook is a professor of the Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary. His most recent work is a part of a series examining individually the books of the Old Testament- each written by different contributors. His is entitled: Reading Deuteronomy, and is impressive. As a history instructor I rarely come across books regarding historical matter that appease my need for quality research and new interpretations. This book does just this- as I am reading this book I have developed a better understanding of an ignored segment of the Bible and as result of this new understanding I have a greater appreciation for the role that this book plays in both the Old and New Testament. While a historical and theological reading can be burdensome and provide intellectual stimulation overload; readers will not necessarily experience that here. We are guided at a steady pace that seems to allow for the information to be absorbed before building onto it. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to better understand the Judeo-Christian origins. I also found this to be an appropriate read during the week of both Easter and Passover.