A Commentary on Judges and Ruth Book Cover A Commentary on Judges and Ruth
Robert B. Chisholm Jr.
Kregel Academic
November 14, 2013


This commentary was designed with the pastor/teacher in mind.  Chisholm approaches the biblical text with three questions:  (1) What did the text mean in its ancient Israelite context? (2) What theological principles emerge from or are illustrated by a thematic analysis of the text? (3) How is the message of the text relevant to the church?  The commentary answers each one of these concepts

The author uses a literary-theological method to produce his analysis of the Biblical text.  One aspect that I really appreciate is the fact that Chisholm interacts with other commentaries.  He also includes a list of the commentaries that he finds most helpful.

Chislom approaches both books in the same manner.  He provides a very detailed introduction the book.  Included in this is a look at the literary structure and themes.   He then takes each of the major literary units and breaks them down into greater detail.  This includes a summary of the unit’s thematic emphasis accompanied by a theological idea, connecting the principles to the broader canonical setting.

As with any commentary, one should approach the biblical text independently and only refer to commentaries after first struggling with the text.  This is an excellent commentary to add to your arsenal.

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