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Judges and Ruth (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) Paperback – Bargain Price, January 12, 2004
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"Before he launches into a chapter-by-chapter commentary, he provides very helpful bibliographies that focus on these and other methods, specifically literary, redactional, feminist, social scientific, and historical critical analyses. It presumes significant biblical background and a basic knowledge of Hebrew." The Bible Today
"Judges and Ruth is written to accomodate a wide range of readers, from the serious Bible student to the scholar...A strength of the book comes in its annotated bibliography. Matthews includes eighteen pages of bibliography divided into separate disciplines of study; commentaries, literary studies, redaction studies, feminist studies, social world and archaeohistorical studies, social scientific studies, historical-critical studies and additional articles and monographs of interest." - Sara Fudge, Cincinnati Christian University
"The author's contribution lies in...his rich treatment of concrete tales. A seasoned scholar, Matthews brings to the text a keen literary analysis and an unusual grasp of comparative ancient Near Eastern literature, archaeological data, and cross-cultural studies." - Carolyn Presler, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
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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.
* 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.