- Series: New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)
- Hardcover: 331 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans; 2nd edition (February 20, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802825265
- ISBN-13: 978-0802825261
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of Ruth (New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)) 2nd Edition
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"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."
"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."
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"Readable, well produced, and richly indexed. . . . One of the choice Ruth commentaries for a good time to come."
From the Back Cover
Scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students will welcome the fresh light that this commentary series casts on ancient yet familiar biblical texts. The contributors apply their proven scholarly expertise and wide experience as teachers to illumine our understanding of the Old Testament. As gifted writers, they present the results of the best recent research in an interesting manner.
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The introduction is 80 pages long and alone is worth the price of the commentary. In addition to topics such as authorship, date, and canonicity, he covers God's character and God's activity and how it relates to human activity. Concerning this last point, Hubbard says that a key theological assumption of the book of Ruth is the intimate link between human action and divine action.
What I particularly enjoyed were the profound insights that are throughout the commentary, on topics such as God's providence, the Hebrew word "hesed" (usually translated "lovingkindness" or "steadfast love"), and (so-called) luck. These insights offer practical applications for our lives.
For example, concerning the Hebrew word "hesed" Hubbard says, "Though rare, risky, and restrictive, the practice of loyal, compassionate devotion - in a word, hesed - pleases God so much that one may reasonably expect repayment in kind from him. Such reward is the generous gift of a sovereign lord who graciously chooses to honor human hesed. Only those who do it may receive it."
Are you lucky in life? Commenting on Ruth 2:3 where Ruth "happened upon" a field belonging to Boaz, Hubbard writes, "The reader is probably to react smilingly, `Accident? Of course not!' If so, the writer offered a brief peek at Yahweh's hidden, providential hand behind the accident. He had carefully guided Ruth's steps to the right place. By the same token, believers today would do well to observe similar accidents more closely; perhaps they might find the same divine hand at work."
Fabulous. Highly recommended
Hubbard argues that the most likely setting of the book is from the early monarchy during the reign of David or somewhat soon thereafter. His exploration of the obscure practices that may lie behind this book (kinsman-redeemer, Levirate marriage, etc.) are fascinating and thorough, yet he isn't dogmatic on every issue, realizing the difficulties in understanding all the details.
Overall, his careful drawing out of the message in this book about God's providence and loving covenant care and the significant effect people will have if they display the same for others is well done.