The Old Testament books of Judges and Ruth record some of the most powerful stories in all of Scripture. Set in a time when everyone “did what was right in his own eyes,” these books highlight God’s faithfulness in the midst of Israel’s continual disobedience. Exploring the stories of figures such as Gideon, Samson, and Naomi and Ruth, this accessible commentary emphasizes the countless ways God protected and preserved his people in the Bible. Experienced preacher, Barry Webb, explores important connections between Judges and Ruth, pointing out God’s promises to his people and practical applications for daily life. Complete with powerful illustrations and engaging anecdotes, this commentary is a helpful resource for all who study, preach, and teach God’s Word.
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I have been instructed and often moved by these scholarly and pastorally perceptive expositions. Barry Webb opens up the texts carefully and accessibly, and does so with the sensitivity of an experienced pastor. Such pastoral scholarship is powerful and edifying.
—Christopher Ash, author, The Priority of Preaching
Expository preaching involves much more than defining Hebrew and Greek words, or cool and collected explanations of obscure issues raised by biblical texts. It involves grasping both the theological message of the Scriptures and letting that message grasp us who preach week in and week out. Barry Webb is not only the finest interpreter of the book of Judges; he is also the book’s finest expositor. His presentation of the principle enduring theological points of each literary unit in Judges and Ruth is clear, practical, and passionate. This book is a great gift first to preachers, but ultimately to God’s people who will hear from them the living and life-giving Word of the Lord from these books.
—Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
These are insightful, stimulating, often challenging expositions from the pen of a great exegete and preacher.
—James Hutchinson, director, Institut Biblique Belge, Brussels
Barry Webb began teaching at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, in 1978. He has always been grateful to God for the privilege of teaching and writing, mainly in the area of the Old Testament. He retired from the full-time faculty in 2011 and is now an emeritus senior research fellow in Old Testament. He continues to teach part time while devoting more time to writing, an aspect of his ministry that has expanded in recent years. He is currently working on two books, including a commentary on the book of Job.