The book of Judges is one that many a preacher avoids to preach from the pulpit. It is not that the Gospel can not be found in it, for all of scripture demonstrates God’s love and points to Christ as the salvation from sin. Yet due to difficult and foreign cultural context of the book of Judges, it is avoided. This is not to say that there are not works which do not explain the cultural context of the time period of the judges, rather most works do not do so in a manner that is understandable. One of such works which is mostly readable and very understandable is Judges of the Word Biblical Commentary by Trent C. Butler and produced by Zondervan Academic.
Judges, is what you would come to expect from the WBC, highly academic scholarship yet understandable. The only account against this volume in the series is the same problem with all volumes in this series, the format makes the text hard to read. Yet Butler makes use of this format in a way most others do not making it one of the more readable volumes in the series.
With regard to the commentary and introduction. The instruction is what you would expect from a mildly conservative academic, and the commentary reflects his mostly conservative approach. Butler is a serious scholar and a pastor who reads this work will have a tremendous resource in understanding the book of Judges, specifically from a original cultural context viewpoint.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.