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Ruth (Interpretation | INT)


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Ruth is one of "the little books of the Bible," only four chapters long. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld has written a commentary of unusual sensibility and discernment that makes very clear why this book has such great importance as literature and as scripture. Ruth is a very human book; its subject matter is the stuff of everyday life: family, marriage, children, homes, food, departures, deaths, good times, and bad times. The narrative is a drama of ordinary human affairs, but the drama unfolds against a background of the providence and purposes of God. In this excellent commentary Sakenfeld does justice to both the human and divine dimensions of the text. Her interpretation is both sociological and theological, a synthesis reflective of the simple profundity of the story itself.

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The Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox Press is clearly established as a rich source for teaching and preaching. They have tapped the talents of a varied and esteemed group of contributors, resulting in what is clearly the essential comprehensive commentary series on the Bible.

—W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Interpretation series is an invaluable resource for any leader or scholar interested in interpreting the biblical text to the broader church. Its works are essential for pastors, educators, and church libraries.

—Brian K. Blount, President and Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary

  • Title: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Ruth
  • Author: Katharine Doob Sakenfeld
  • Publisher: John Knox Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 91

Katharine Doob Sakenfeld is currently the William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her MA at the University of Rhode Island, her BD at Harvard University Divinity School, her PhD at Harvard University, and an honorary STD from Hastings College.

Her research focuses on biblical narratives concerning the premonarchical period and on feminist biblical hermeneutics. She has authored several articles, books, and commentaries including New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.)Journeying With God: A Commentary on the Books of NumbersInterpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Ruth, and others.


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Digital list price: $26.99
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