For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
The Church has a problem with the book of Judges. It is so earthy, puzzling, primitive and violent—so much so that the Church can barely stomach it. It falls under the category of “embarrassing scripture.” Such an attitude is, of course, wrong, so Ralph Davis here makes Judges digestible by analyzing the major literary and theological themes discovered in each section, providing a theocentric exposition.
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“The point should not be lost on contemporary Christians. Your help is in the name of the Lord, not in the name of your favorite Christian hero. Even when the Lord himself ‘went away,’ it proved a boon for his church (John 16:7).” (Page 20)
“Sin is not simply an action you do or fail to do, that you can choose to do or not to do. Sin is a power that holds you in its grip.” (Page 42)
“What began as toleration became apostasy. What seemed so reasonable proved lethal. Living with Canaanites led to worshiping with Canaanites. Tolerate Baal’s people and sooner or later you bow at Baal’s altar.” (Pages 25–26)
“It was not that they did not know about Yahweh but that they did not know Yahweh” (Page 35)
“This sort of talk (v. 22) is strange to us, because we have no real sense of the terror and awesomeness of God, for we think intimacy with God is an inalienable right rather than an indescribable gift. There is nothing amazing about grace as long as there is nothing fearful about holiness.” (Page 97)
Dr. Davis has a great sense of fun. He must often have his class or his congregation in stitches!
The most practical expository work that this reviewer has ever encountered.
—Southwestern Journal of Theology
An excellent . . . crisp, lively . . . exposition on Judges.