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Ruth (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary | AYBC)


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Ruth, a tale of human kindness and just dealing far beyond the norm, contains elements that for centuries have been the subject of debate. With a sprightly translation and a commentary rich in informed speculation, Edward Campbell considers the questions of layman and scholar alike.

Finding no overt mighty acts, the layman asks, “Why was Ruth included in the Bible at all? Where is God?” Campbell shows that God is not only present throughout but is indeed the moving force behind all the developments of the story. Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz each act as God to each other, by taking extraordinary responsibility and performing extraordinary acts of kindness. And it is God who is responsible for the series of coincidences on which the plot hinges.

The scholar’s questions deal with such matters as purpose, date, and genre. Campbell’s research into ancient customs and linguistics suggests to him that Ruth is a historical novelette, entertaining and instructive, composed not long after the reign of King David, during the time of Solomon or within the subsequent century. Campbell demonstrates the storyteller’s skill with sensitive analysis of form, pacing, and wordplay. By delving into word origins and nuances he shows how convincingly the characters are developed. One instance: Naomi and Boaz use obsolescent language, emphasizing the generation gap between them and Ruth.

In addition, the illustrations help the reader understand unfamiliar elements of the story—the setting, the agricultural seasons and harvesting, the clothing of the times, the city gate where elders and interested villagers gather to make sure that all is done in a just and godly way.

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  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature
  • A Family of Sojourners (1:1–5)
  • Returning Home (1:6–22)
  • Amid Alien Corn? (2:1–23)
  • The Encounter at the Threshing Floor (3:1–18)
  • The Resolution at the City Gate (4:1–12)
  • “A Son Is Born to Naomi!” (4:13–17)
  • A Genealogical Appendix (4:18–22)

Top Highlights

“Such a term gathers up the notion of reciprocity expressed in verse 8 (Yahweh’s ḥesed and your ḥesed), an important ingredient in the theology of Ruth.” (Page 66)

“Once again, God is present in this story where responsible human beings act as God to one another. Nowhere more effectively has the story-teller made this clear than in Ruth’s request of Boaz in 3:9: spread your ‘wing’ over me, thereby fulfilling yourself the wish you expressed for me in 2:12, that my payment be full from Yahweh, under whose wings I have come to dwell.” (Page 138)

“She has done so, the story-teller wants us to see, on her own initiative. It was Naomi who devised the plan to get Boaz’ attention, but her instructions to Ruth extended only as far as ‘go and uncover his legs and lie down. Then he will tell you what you are to do.’ In fact, it was not so. It is Ruth who tells Boaz what to do, and she is justified in what she asks, according to the basic principles underlying righteous Israelite living. Once more, Ruth has acted as the very embodiment of what constitutes living according to ḥesed, and Boaz praises her precisely for that; the latter hesed he mentions in 3:10 is her determination to play her part in keeping Elimelek’s inheritance in the family and in making provision for two widows, not only for herself but for Naomi also.” (Page 137)

“One thing stands out as the dissection proceeds, however: this is an intricately woven, magnificently crafted tale, at base the work of one person, a person standing in the mid-stream of Israelite life and thought, a person wishing to communicate to his audiences things very close to the heart of the Old Testament. As well as being an artist, he is also a teacher, teaching with what in many instances is the most effective medium one can choose, a story.” (Page 3)

  • Title: Ruth: A New Translation with Introduction, Notes and Commentary
  • Author: Edward Campbell
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible
  • Volume: 7
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2009
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Ruth › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:ANCHOR08RU
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T16:32:49Z

With the Logos edition, you can reap the maximum benefit from the Anchor Yale Bible commentaries by getting easier access to the contents of this series—helping you to use these volumes more efficiently for research and sermon preparation. Every word from every book has been indexed and catalogued to help you search the entire series for a particular verse or topic, giving you instant access to cross-references. Additionally, important terms link to your other resources in your digital library, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, theology texts, and others. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for because in Logos, your titles will automatically integrate into custom search reports, passage guides, exegetical guides, and the other advanced features of the software. You'll have the tools you need to use your entire digital library effectively and efficiently, searching for verses, finding Scripture references and citations instantly, and performing word studies. With most Logos resources, you can take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps, providing you the most efficient and comprehensive research tools in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Edward F. Campbell Jr. is professor of Old Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.


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