Robert L. Hubbard Jr.
Someone once said, "The past is another country -- they do things
differently there." At times, indeed, the Old Testament resembles
another very different
country. Maneuvering through levitical
laws, bloodshed in Joshua, or Daniel's apocalyptic visions, sincere
readers often wonder what the Old Testament means and how it can be the
Word of God. For several decades The New International Commentary on the Old Testament
has helped countless people traverse this difficult literary terrain.
This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of
scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They
eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching,
teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly
published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new
friend. Through the rigorous yet reverent study contained in these
commentary volumes, readers hear afresh the voice of the living God
speaking his powerful word.
All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical
view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith
today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the
biblical book's authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The
author's own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse
commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of
technical matters with exposition of the biblical text's theology and
Readers who want to hear God's voice anew through Scripture will find The New International Commentary on the Old Testament
to be a faithful, trustworthy guide for helping them navigate the strange other country we call the Old Testament.
Like is companion volume, this one demonstrates an awareness of and
an engagement with all the significant primary and secondary literature
pertaining to this often enigmatic composition and without exception
arrives at sound conclusions that do honor to the Book of Ezekiel as
sacred Scripture. . . If one can acquire only one commentary on
Ezekiel, this should be it. . . Block's contribution will be the
standard for many years to come."
conclusion to Block's work on Ezekiel is by any measure a substantial
contribution. . . Block's explications of the text's 'Nature and
Design' are both learned and highly readable. His lively and
wide-ranging discussion of the gog pericope provides an especially
engaging treatment of this controversial text. The extensive footnotes
should prove helpful to anyone undertaking further research. . .
Block's achievement is impressive in producing a commentary that will
be a useful reference for all scholars while also serving the needs of
a specifically evangelical readership."
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
completion of this extensive work represents a considerable
achievement and constitutes a welcome addition to the literature on
Internationale Zeitschriftenschau für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete (IZBG)
the present book, the second and concluding installment, Daniel Block
has completed his magisterial commentary. The author is to be
congratulated on what now ranks as the major learned commentary on
Ezekiel. . . Block is always fair to other scholars and endeavors to
present their diverging views in a detailed manner."
commentary is itself a magnificent achievement, full of information
and exegetical insights, well worth reading and pondering by fellow
exegetes, whatever their theological hue or ideological commitment."