From Condemnation To Righteousness: A Christian Reading Of Deuteronomy -- By: Jason S. Derouchie

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 18:3 (Fall 2014)
Article: From Condemnation To Righteousness: A Christian Reading Of Deuteronomy
Author: Jason S. Derouchie

From Condemnation To Righteousness: A Christian Reading Of Deuteronomy

Jason S. DeRouchie

Jason S. DeRouchie is the Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. DeRouchie earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles and is the author of A Call to Covenant Love: Text Grammar and Literary Structure in Deuteronomy 5-11 (Gorgias, 2007) and a contributing editor of two works: What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible (Kregel, 2013) and For Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block (Eisenbrauns, 2013). Some of Dr. DeRouchie’s downloadable Old Testament survey materials may be accessed at

The apostle Paul asserted that the Mosaic or old covenant bore “a ministry of condemnation,” whereas the new covenant in Christ bears “a ministry of righteousness” (2 Cor 3:9).1 The author of Hebrews added that Jesus’ new covenant mediation “makes the first one [i.e., the old covenant] obsolete” and “does away with the first in order to establish the second” (Heb 8:13; 10:9). The new covenant supersedes the old, yet in a way that the old retains and in fact increases its use as a prophetic witness to Christ (Rom 1:1-3; 3:21; 16:25-26; 2 Cor 3:14; cf. Luke 1:70; 24:26-27, 44-47; John 5:39, 46; Acts 26:22-23).2 Furthermore, when appropriated in light of Christ’s fulfillment, the old serves as a lasting indirect ethical guide for Christians (Matt 5:17-19; 2 Tim 3:16; cf. e.g., 1 Cor 9:8-12; Eph 6:2-3; 1 Tim 5:18; 1 Pet 1:14-16). Thus Paul says that the old covenant prophets wrote “for us” as new covenant believers (Rom 4:23-24; 15:4; 1 Cor 10:11; cf. Heb 6:18).

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