Bible Notes

Deuteronomy 6:4 as a Cry of Allegiance: a review of Daniel Block

by David Green

Deuteronomy 6:4 is a defining text of Judaism (the shema’) and 6:5 has fundamental status among Christians because the Lord Jesus called it the ‘first and greatest commandment.’  6:4 has also been a crux between Jews and Christians because of the nature of the ‘oneness’ ascribed to Yhwh in it.  Daniel Block has recently re-examined the verse and called into question whether the traditional translation, “The LORD our God, the LORD is one” is correct.  (‘How Many Is God?  An Investigation into the Meaning of Deuteronomy 6:4-5,’ Journal of the Evangelical Society, 47.2 (200

Harmonising Deuteronomy 30 and Romans 10: a review of Steven Coxhead

by David Green

Many of us will have wrestled with Paul’s use of Dt 30:12-14 in Romans 10:6-8, in a sermon or Bible study.  His argument seems opaque, as does the level at which his Christological use of Dt 30 operates.  How does he apply words Moses spoke to the people of Israel on the eve of their entry into the promised land to belief in Christ?  A proposed solution based on reconsideration of tenses in Dt 30:11-14 is gaining some ground among biblical exegetes.  Proponents of this position include John Sailhamer (The Pentateuch as Narrative, 1992) and Wayne Strickland (The Law, the