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Judges and Ruth (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) Paperback – 12 Jan 2004

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About the Author

Bill T. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books and articles in biblical studies, including Genesis (The New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series, Cambridge University Press, 2009) and A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (with John H. Choi, Cambridge University Press, 2003). He is also the co-editor of Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (with H. G. M. Williamson, 2005) and Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study (with Bryan E. Bayer, 2002), and author of Who Were the Babylonians? (2004) and 1 and 2 Samuel: The NIV Application Commentary (2003).

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This commentary brings to life the world of Judges and Ruth. Written to be accessible for a wide readership of clergy, scholars, and interested lay people, it provides a suggested reading list as a point of entry for students of Judges and Ruth. The NRSV translation is provided throughout.

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HASH(0x908b9828) out of 5 stars Nice Short Commentary 2 July 2010
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The following comments pertain to Victor Matthews' commentary on Judges and Ruth published as part of the New Cambridge Bible Commentary series. For those unfamiliar with the author Matthews is a well known American Old Testament scholar. His exegesis is from a mainstream modern perspective.

I particularly enjoyed the text's brevity. While there is demand for detailed technical commentaries, this short work is a nice change of pace. And, though it lacks the exhaustive technical notes that characterize contemporary biblical study it exemplifies first rate scholarship and solid analysis.

Strengths include:
* Good introductions that provide essential context;
* Concise, clear and readable prose well suited for the lay reader;
* Partially annotated bibliography (texts grouped into different subject headings) and recommendations for further specific reading;
* Use of New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) text. While opinions vary, I find the use of standard translations often preferable to the more idiosyncratic individual translations that are often characteristics of commentaries..

Overall, this is a nice short commentary. I recommend it for readers seeking a high quality and concise overview of Judges and Ruth. After this experience with the New Cambridge Bible Commentaries I am encouraged to look at other instalments in the series.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Alice L. Laffey - Published on
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This book will take a different approach from the others I recently bought on the biblical book of Ruth. I know some of Victor Matthews' other work and I expect this to be very good and solid biblical scholarship.
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