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A Commentary on Judges and Ruth by Robert B. Chisholm Jr.


This masterly commentary sheds exegetical and theological light on the books of Judges and Ruth for contemporary preachers and students of Scripture. Listening closely to the text while interacting with the best of scholarship, Chisholm shows what the text meant for ancient Israel and what it means for us today. In addition to its perceptive comments on the biblical text, it examines a host of themes such as covenants and the sovereignty of God in Judges, and providence, redemption, lovingkindness, and Christological typology in Ruth.

In his introduction to Judges, Chisholm asks and answers some difficult questions: What is the point of Judges? What role did individual judges play? What part did female characters play? Did Judges have a political agenda?

Chisholm offers astute guidance to preachers and teachers wanting to do a series on Judges or Ruth by providing insightful exegetical and theological commentary. He offers homiletical trajectories for each passage to show how historical narrative can be presented in the pulpit and classroom. (From the Publisher’s Website)


“ Preaching is important to me and I have designed this commentary with pastors and teachers in mind. Accurate, relevant exposition of the Bible needs to answer three important questions: (1) What did the text mean in its ancient Israelite context? (2) What theological principles emerge from or are illustrated by a thematic analysis of the text? (3) How is the message of the text relevant to the church?” (From the Preface pages 13-14)


For anyone who has ever read through the book of Judges and Ruth, you cannot help but notice the contrast between the depravity displayed in Judges and the beauty in the book of Ruth. Having never read through a commentary on these books, I dove into this one with much gusto.

Robert Chisholm is a first-rate Hebrew scholar and ably shows us this in his commentary. He provides us with his own translation of these ancient books and where he varies from popular modern translations, he provides explanation. Generously footnoted, this commentary is at once exegetical and theological. Chisholm draws from other scholars and addresses agreement and disagreement with their work.

I appreciate the work Mr. Chisholm does in transporting the reader back to the ancient context. Once in context, the author masterfully draws out the theological framework of these rich books. Also discussed is the genre and style of these books.

After reading this commentary, I have a better understanding of both the text and the purpose of its inclusion in the scriptures. I am now indebted to Dr. Chisholm for the light he has brought to bear in understanding these wonderful but often puzzling books. I heartily recommend this commentary to any serious student of the bible. Thank you Kregel and Dr. Chisholm for this gift to the body of Christ.


Book Details:


  • Author: Robert B. Chisholm Jr.
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 688
  • ISBN#: 9780825425561
  • List Price: $39.99



About the Author:

Robert B. Chisholm Jr. (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Department Chair and Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a translator and the Senior Old Testament Editor of the NET Bible. Chisholm’s other publications include Interpreting the Minor Prophets, Handbook on the Prophets, and A Workbook for Intermediate Hebrew.

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Kregel in exchange for my unbiased opinion.


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