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The Book of Ruth
PAPERBACK; Published: 3/24/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-8331-5
Price: $ 32.99
331 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Series: Eerdmans Classic Biblical Commentaries

An award-winning commentary on the book of Ruth by a renowned scholar of the Old Testament

 Winner of the 1989 Best Commentary Book Award from Christianity Today, Robert L. Hubbard Jr.’s The Book of Ruth has helped scholars, students, and pastors interpret one of the most beloved books of the Bible for decades. The classic commentary, now available in paperback, remains one of the best explications of the story of Ruth and Naomi and its relevance to Christians today.

In his introduction Hubbard discusses the issues of text, canonicity, literary criticism, authorship, date, purpose, setting, genre, legal background, themes, and theology, concluding with an outline of the book and a thorough bibliography. The commentary proper is based on Hubbard’s own translation and is annotated by footnotes on textual, philological, and literary matters.

Gleaning the best from respected contemporary research on Ruth, Hubbard rigorously treats the book’s rich literary, grammatical, and theological dimensions. He allows for the possibility that the anonymous author was a woman and argues that the narrative itself aims to counter opposition to the Davidic monarchy in Israel and Judah during Solomon’s reign. Throughout, Hubbard’s sensitivity to the literary qualities of the text and his coherent explication of its theological themes make this volume an invaluable tool for anyone desiring to explore the intriguing story of Ruth in depth.

Christianity Today, Best Commentary 1989
“It is safe to say that this will remain, for some considerable time to come, one of the most useful and enlightening commentaries available on the lovely little book of Ruth.”
“This commentary is a pleasure to work with. . . . Hubbard gives clarity to this beautiful portion of God's word, and by doing so strengthens the faith of the reader.”
—Vox Reformata
“A masterly commentary that provides an immense amount of information but gives pride of place to the message of the book of Ruth. . . . Recommended wholeheartedly.”
“Readable, well produced, and richly indexed. . . . One of the choice Ruth commentaries for a good time to come.”
—Religious Studies Review