The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides up-to-date, evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Each volume is designed to equip pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge to better understand and apply God’s Word by presenting the message of each passage as well as an overview of other issues surrounding the text. The commentary series has been structured to help readers understand the meaning of Scripture, passage-by-passage, through the entire Bible.
Joshua, Judges, Ruth is prefaced by a substantial introduction that offers historical background important for understanding. Then readers are taken through the text, passage-by-passage, starting with the text of the New Living Translation. This is followed by a section of notes on the Greek and Hebrew behind the English translation of the New Living Translation. This section also interacts with scholars on important interpretive issues, and points readers to significant textual and contextual matters. The commentary on the passage presents a lucid interpretation, giving special attention to context and major theological themes.
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“Like God’s response to Elijah, the testimony of the book of Ruth reminds us that even in a chaotic and ungodly society, the Lord is perfectly capable of accomplishing his will and of preserving faithful people for himself.” (Page 511)
“There is a beautiful relationship between our human responsibility to live God-honoring lives, doing good for one another, and God’s transcendent plans being worked out—whether we’re conscious of it or not.” (Page 497)
“Implicit in Naomi’s complaint about God is her conviction of his sovereignty and power.” (Page 521)
“For males, circumcision was the sign of participation in the covenant” (Page 66)
“In addition to forging a theological connection between the patriarchs and the Davidic dynasty, the book of Ruth also invites readers to compare their lives—their tragedies and their blessings, their faith, and their actions—to those of its characters. In this way, it would seem that an additional purpose of the book is to inspire its readers to virtuous actions based on faith in Yahweh, the God of Israel.” (Page 500)
An enormously helpful series for the layperson and pastor alike because it centers on the theological message of each book and ties it directly to the text. This approach has been needed for some time and will be an invaluable supplement to other commentary series.
—Grant Osborne, professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
A treasure house of insight into the biblical text. Written by some of the best scholars working today, it is an essential tool for pastors, students, church leaders, and lay people who want to understand the text and know how it relates to our lives today. Like the New Living Translation text it uses as its base, this commentary series is extremely readable.
—Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Joseph Coleson is professor of Old Testament at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has published numerous articles and books.
Lawson Stone has expertise in early Israelite history and religion and Old Testament theology. He teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary and has written a host of books and articles.
Jason Driesbach is a coauthor of The Many Gospels of Jesus and a contributor to the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary. He is pursuing PhD studies in the field of Hebrew Bible.
Philip W. Comfort has studied English literature, Greek, and New Testament at the Ohio State University and the University of South Africa. He has taught these classes at a number of colleges, including Wheaton College, Trinity Episcopal Seminary, Columbia International University, and Coastal Carolina University. He is currently senior editor of Bible reference at Tyndale and served as New Testament editor for the New Living Translation. He has contributed a number of books to the Tyndale collection, both as author and editor. Among these are The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament, The Origin of the Bible, The Tyndale Bible Dictionary, The Complete Guide to Bible Versions, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts (with D. Barrett), and Who’s Who in Christian History.