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Ruth and Esther (The Story of God Bible Commentary | SGBC)

, 2020
ISBN: 9780310490920

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A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. Its story-centric approach is ideal for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and laypeople alike.

Three easy-to-use sections designed to help readers live out God’s story:

  • LISTEN to the Story: Includes complete NIV text with references to other texts at work in each passage, encouraging the reader to hear it within the Bible’s grand story
  • EXPLAIN the Story: Explores and illuminates each text as embedded in its canonical and historical setting
  • LIVE the Story: Reflects on how each text can be lived today and includes contemporary stories and illustrations to aid preachers, teachers, and students

Resource Experts
  • Emphasizes the historical distance between the Bible and contemporary culture
  • Encourages discussion of how the Bible’s story can be lived today
  • Examines each book in the context of God’s story

Top Highlights

“Given what we know about the period of the judges, it is possible that the famine in Bethlehem and perhaps even the deaths of Elimelek and his sons and their childless marriages were linked to covenant unfaithfulness. Naomi certainly saw the hand of God behind her afflictions (Ruth 1:21).” (Page 19)

“Naomi was not in a place where she was ready to accept help, as her refusal to even acknowledge Ruth shows. Naomi had a number of basic needs that had to be met before she could begin to hope and to care again. As the rest of the book of Ruth unfolds, we will witness Naomi’s transformation as her needs begin to be met through the hesed of Ruth and Boaz.” (Page 32)

“Laments are not failures of faith; they embody faith. We can cry out to God from the depths of our sorrow and pain believing that God will hear us, that Jesus is with us in our suffering, and that God’s spirit groans on our behalf when the pain is unbearable.” (Page 31)

“‘wings’ (plural of kanap) now provided Ruth with refuge, would richly reward her for what she has done (Ruth 2:12). As Katharine Sakenfeld suggests, Ruth ‘in effect invites Boaz to make good on the prayer he made earlier on her behalf.’” (Pages 60–61)

“Chapter 1 ends where it began—in Bethlehem, a small village of a few hundred people. The famine is over; barley harvest is just beginning (mid-to late April).” (Page 28)

Getting a story is about more than merely enjoying it. It means hearing it, understanding it, and above all, being impacted by it. This commentary series hopes that its readers not only hear and understand the story but are impacted by it to live in as Christian a way as possible. The editors and contributors set that table very well and open up the biblical story in ways that move us to act with sensitivity and understanding. That makes hearing the story as these authors tell it well worth the time. Well done.

—Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

The Story of God Bible Commentary series invites readers to probe how the message of the text relates to our situations today. Engagingly readable, it not only explores the biblical text but offers a range of applications and interesting illustrations.

—Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

Raised in Toronto, Marion has been teaching Old Testament at Wycliffe since the mid-1980s. She loves teaching an introductory Old Testament course. the Old Testament. She also teaches courses on Jeremiah, Old Testament Theology, Women of the Old Testament, Bad Boys and Bad Girls of the Bible, Women Interpreters of the Bible, Psalms and the History of Old Testament Interpretation. She has recently published Let her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-century Women Writing on Women in Genesis with Heather Weir. She has just completed a co-edited a volume of essays on nineteenth-century women interpreters with Christiana de Groot of Calvin College. Recovering Nineteenth-Century Women Interpreters will be released later this year as part of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Symposium series. She is currently preparing a biographical dictionary of women interpreters of Scripture. She has received several research grants to support her projects related to women interpreters of Scripture, most recently one from the Lilly Endowment. She is married to Glen Taylor, the other Old Testament professor at Wycliffe, and they have three teenagers and a dog. She loves to spend time reading and writing at their cottage in northern Ontario. She teaches Sunday School during the academic year and in the summer months is a lay reader in the little Anglican church on Eagle Lake. She collects nineteenth century books on the Bible written by women.


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