Ruth (Apollos) by L. Daniel Hawk

41g9zkx2xclRuth is an Old Testament commentary, written by L. Daniel Hawk published by IVP Academic.  This commentary is a recent edition of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series with editors David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but propels it to new heights.  This volume is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on two historical books of Holy Scripture which outside of a few passages gets unfortunately glossed over.  Hawk is a highly regarded scholar this is her first foray into this relatively new commentary series.

Ruth has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on the historical book of Ruth.  With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book and how they relate to the Bible as a whole.  This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different methodical approaches to study of this book  Hawk takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader.  He also uses his own translation of the Hebrew text, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself.    I  do wish though that there was more application to some of the more difficult passages

While I disagree with Hawk on a number of issues with regard to Old Testament interpretation, I have a different approach to Ruth and Boaz on the threshing room floor, yet his scholarly work on this historical book is very well researched and written, and a very good read. In the vein of recommending, Ruth, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars, yet I would highly recommend pastors, such as myself, to pair this scholarly commentary with one that is one that has more of a pastoral tone.  There are many commentaries about Ruth available at this moment but Ruth of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series is a very scholarly works worthy of your time.

This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

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