coming soon . . . from Daniel Block

For all you Old Testament buffs out there, Dr. Block has several books in various stages of printing at this moment. It would be hard to find a more productive writer! He routinely spins off an article over the weekend while churning out hundreds of pages at a time for commentaries. Amazing.

Don't you wish you could get your hands on Block's NIVAC commentary? It won't be long now!

The good news is that Block’s long-awaited NIVAC commentary on Deuteronomy is undergoing final edits. The page proofs arrived here in Wheaton a few weeks ago, and several of us had the joy of combing all 817 pages to compile author and scripture indices. (I will never again look at an index in quite the same way!) Dr. Block tells me that Zondervan is now doing a final edit before they print it. Unfortunately, the book could still take many months to hit the shelves. It will be worth the wait. I promise.

Meanwhile, the longer 3-volume (1800-page!) version of Block’s Deuteronomy commentary is under consideration by two publishers. If this one goes to press, it will hopefully include all of Block’s Hebrew diagrams for the entire book, making it an excellent set for teaching exegesis courses.

provisional cover

Yesterday, Dr. Block sent off the corrected page proofs for his second spin-off volume of essays on Deuteronomy. Wipf & Stock published the first volume last fall with the title, How I Love Your Torah, O LORD!: Studies in the Book of Deuteronomy. That volume included essays on particular texts of Deuteronomy. The second volume, which includes essays on themes that span the whole book of Deuteronomy, should be available by the end of next week (Wipf & Stock are FAST!). It is entitled, The Gospel According to Moses: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Book of Deuteronomy. This photo shows the proposed cover as of last week. If you order directly from the publisher and mention coupon code TGATM, you’ll receive a 40% discount!

Wipf & Stock are also publishing a commentary on the latter part of Ezekiel by esteemed Jewish scholar Jacob Milgrom. Milgrom passed away before the project could be completed, and his family asked Dr. Block to oversee the printing of it. Milgrom chose the title himself: Ezekiel’s Hope: A Commentary on Ezekiel 38–48 — Jacob Milgrom and Daniel I. Block In Conversation. It’s also with the publisher. Watch for this sometime soon!

Dr. Block also has a book on worship in the pipeline, a short commentary on Obadiah for a new series he is editing for Zondervan, and he will soon begin working on an 800-page commentary on Amos for a series edited by Seow. I’m sure he has other projects up his sleeves, too. Every day around here brings more surprises!

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About Carmen Imes

I entered Wheaton's doctoral program in 2011 with an Old Testament concentration under Dr. Daniel Block. I have an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte campus), and a BA from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. My husband, Danny, and I are missionaries with SIM and we have 3 great kids: Eliana, Emma, and Easton. You can find my personal blog at www.seminarymom.blogspot.com. I'm passionate about the Word of God, both written and incarnate, and I long to see our generation transformed so that we can truly know God and reflect Him to the world.
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10 Responses to coming soon . . . from Daniel Block

  1. Charles C says:

    I went to the Wipf and Stock website and tried to enter coupon code TGATM but it says that it does not apply. Was the coupon only good for a few days?

    Thanks,

    Charles C

  2. Carmen Imes says:

    Charles,
    I’m sorry about that! I got my info from a flyer that Dr. Block sent me, but I didn’t try to use the code myself so I’m not sure. I don’t remember the flyer having an end-date for the sale, but perhaps it was intended for a specific time. I’ll ask Dr. Block about it and comment again if I learn anything.

    Carmen

  3. Simon says:

    Dear Carmen, tks for your post. Ideally, I would like to purchase Dr Block’s The Gospel According to Moses and his NIVAC commentary. I am equally comfortable with both technical and non-technical writings. However, the books can be a bit pricey. If i can only buy one, which of the two books would be more value for money and cover more or less the content of the other one?

    Another question: NIVAC commentary being what it is, does Dr Block provide detailed exegesis in the Orignal Context section (if not in the main text then in the footnotes)? Does it cover the passages which he dealt with in detail in “How I Love your Torah”?

    Thanks,
    Simon

    • Carmen Imes says:

      Simon,
      I would recommend waiting for the NIVAC commentary because it is over 700 pages and includes detailed exegesis of the whole book. The ‘Gospel according to Moses’ and ‘How I Love Your Torah’ are both collections of spin-off essays related to particular passages or themes in the book. They go more in depth on those passages/themes than what he was able to do in the commentary, but the commentary will give you his interpretation of each of those passages in shorter form. If you have access to a library, almost all of the essays have been previously published in other journals, so you can track down more detail that way.
      Having said all that, if you’re planning to attend the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society or the Society of Biblical Literature this fall, you might be able to afford all 3 volumes. They should all be there and available at a great discount at the Wipf & Stock and Zondervan booths, respectively. I have really liked having the essay collections at my finger tips. They’re great essays.
      I hope that helps!
      Carmen

  4. Simon says:

    Dear Carmen,
    Tks for the recommendation. I will heed it. I do have access to a library and will definitely want to read those essays as well.
    tks again.
    Simon

  5. Carmen Imes says:

    Charles,

    I finally had a chance to ask Dr. Block about the coupon code. He said it was associated with a particular conference where he spoke, so the code doesn’t work anymore. Sorry about the confusion!

    Simon,

    I thought you’d like to know that the longer, 3-volume version of Block’s Deuteronomy commentary will be published by Eerdmans. He just found out a few days ago. I believe it will include Hebrew diagrams of the whole book. The whole commentary is written, but will take some time to edit and prepare for publication. This version will include EVERYTHING you’d want to read about Deuteronomy, including more than 100 pages on Deut 32!

    Carmen

  6. Simon says:

    Carmen,
    Tks for the info. i shall look forward to it. tks.

    Simon

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