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Esther & Ruth (Reformed Expository Commentary) [Hardcover]

Iain M. Duguid
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (2 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875527833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527833
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
These are very similiar to the author's two titles in the "Christ in the Old Testament" series. Based on a series of sermons the author preached at the church where he is a minister, each chapter is a wonderful exposition on subsequent chunks of the bible. Informative without being overly didactic, these are also a wonderful illustration of how to make a sermon Christocentric without making every blade of grass into a type and shadow.

Recommended for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of these two books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission 16 July 2008
By Jeffrey W. Brannen - Published on
Choosing a commentary is always a tricky thing - it mostly depends on what you need the commentary to do for you. Do you need a technical analysis of each Hebrew or Greek verb? Are you looking for syntactical analysis? Or, on the other end of the spectrum, are you looking for practical application and advice for modern living - something to bridge the cultural gap from the text to the modern day?

How you answer those sorts of questions will probably indicate which commentary is right for you.

I was very pleasantly surprised when I got into Iain Duguid's commentary on Esther and Ruth. I sort of expected a technical, heavy-handed type of commentary. I mean, what else would you expect from a "Reformed Expository Commentary"? We tend to major on the obscure and technical (or so it sometimes seems). What I found was an eminently readable book, which balanced the technical aspects with application. I also enjoyed that it was Christ-centered.

The book of Esther exhibits a surprising lack of mention of God. This detail has caused many to question how valid this book is as Scripture. Duguid handles this by explaining how those in Persia were actually still in rebellion against God. They hadn't returned under the decree of Cyrus. Apparently, they were too comfortable and well off under the Persian kings that they didn't want to return to a backwater land where life would be hard. Not too surprising, then, when trouble comes, they fast, mourn, wear sackcloth and ashes, but nobody prays.

While God seems out of the picture, he is still there. The whole story turns on the sleeplessness of the king - all Esther's bravery, all of Mordecai's refusal to bow, all of it turns out in favor for the Jews because the king couldn't sleep.

The book of Ruth also has some interesting turns. Duguid points out that Ruth is just as much about the Moabitess as it is about Naomi. Consistently, the author takes us from Boaz's fields to the house that Ruth and Naomi share. God has not given up on Naomi, no matter how difficult her circumstances seem. He first takes away her fullness in order to bring her back to the Promised Land. Then, through the unwanted concern of Ruth, he fills her back to the brim.

Unfortunately, both Esther and Ruth are relegated to women's Bible studies and aren't areas of study for the majority of the church. This does a disservice on both ends - first, it makes it seem as if these books have nothing to offer the whole congregation. Second, they are often skewed into morality tales for women - be an Esther or be a Ruth - as the principle message of each book. They have so much more to offer and it is my hope that Duguid's exposition will bring more people, both men and women, to these two valuable texts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This commentary is thorough and relevant for all subsections of the church 27 July 2011
By Mike Pettengill - Published on
This book was published by Iain M. Duguid in 2005. It is a commentary on the two books of the Bible.

The author did a wonderful job ferreting out some of the lesser known themes of these two books. He confidently proclaims aspects of the text that are often overlooked. He was not only able to find them, but, dissect and explain them.

Some readers may enjoy the frequent uses of popular culture the author implements to make points or comparisons. I often found it a little distracting, however, it did not detract from the overall readability of the book.

Duguid reviews both book separately and analyzes them chapter by chapter. He masterfully conveys the larger themes and the nuances. He revealed several concepts that this reader had never heard before. The writing style of Duguid makes this book useful as a study tool. He follows a chronological order and provides many points of discussion.

Duguid scrutinizes both books with an eye focused on reformed theology. He does a wonderful job of drawing on the reformed themes that are throughout the Bible. Sovereignty and grace are abundant in these two books.

This commentary is thorough and relevant for all subsections of the church. Duguid has provided a toll worthy of group study and individual review. Ruth and Esther are often mainstays in women' studies, and for good reason. The author reminds us that these two books are good for the instruction of both genders and all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Insightful 4 May 2006
By David H. Livergood - Published on
This is one of the best written and insightful commentaries that I own (though I have only read the Ruth half). I have a number of commentaries on Ruth and this one outshined them all in it's clarity and preachability. If you are going to lead a study on Ruth or preach from Ruth this book is an invaluable resource for good ideas.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in love with Esther and Ruth, AGAIN! 21 Jun 2010
By William D. Curnutt - Published on
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I love to teach the books of Esther and Ruth. They are fast paced, full of surprises, lots of intrigue and even a good dose of romance (Ruth specifically). I have so many commentaries on these two books and have my outlines already done and prepared for whenever any group wants to study the books.

Soooo, why did I buy another book on Esther and Ruth? That's easy, our senior Pastor is preaching through Esther this summer. He purchased some commentaries on Esther and just to make shipping costs reasonable he had the warehouse throw in this copy of Esther by Iain Duguid. He told me this was the greatest surprise of his life.

He said this book was worth the price of all the others combined. Well, it got my attention because I have never even heard of Iain Duguid.

I previewed the other Pastor's copy and was hooked from the opening chapter. I had to have my own copy. I ordered it and impatiently waited for it to arrive. I devoured the book as soon as I got it. I'm now and Iain Duguid fan.

He took a subject that I am familiar with and gave me new insights, new provoking thoughts to consider and shook some of my beliefs about the books to their roots. I will now be looking over my lesson plans and readdressing some areas, shoring up some thoughts and making huge improvements.

Thank you Iain for a very well done commentary. I enjoyed it so much I eagerly ordered Iain's commentary on Daniel.

If you are going to do a serious study of Esther or Ruth this book IS A MUST!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iain Duguid's Esther & Ruth Commentary 8 April 2009
By B. Grimes - Published on
This book combines a great combination of Scriptural commentary and contemporary comments. It is especially helpful given our current national and world upheaval. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone wanting to study the book of Esther.
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