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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. The Book of Ruth: New International Commentary on the Old Testament [NICOT]

This thorough commentary mines recent research to give the Book of Ruth's literary, grammatical, and theological dimensions a rigorous treatment. Hubbard pays particular attention to the skillful literary devices and unique theological perspective of Ruth, using them to propose a new date and purpose for the book. By affirming the story's outcome as a divine providence, Hubbard says, the writer of Ruth sought to counter opposition to the Davidic monarchy during Solomon's reign. 316 pages, hardcover from Eerdmans.
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One of the Best Commentaries Available on Ruth

Date:September 10, 2012
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If you didn't already read my summary, I consider this to be one of the best commentaries available on Ruth (with Daniel Block's NAC being a very close second).
The NICOT series a fantastic semi-technical commentary set. They're scholarly and thick, so you might have to take your time reading them, but that's okay. If you really want to understand what Ruth is about, I would highly recommend this volume, as Hubbard explains the 80 or so verses of Ruth in 285 pages. Therefore, you are certainly getting your money's worth and he even quotes Wellhausen on this in the introduction, saying "So thick a book for so thin a subject". Like all books in the Bible, there are certain textual difficulties, cultural misunderstandings and potential theological confusion. Hubbard does a fine job with working through the details of these and it's okay to come to a different conclusions on some, as I did.
I said a very similar thing for the NICNT Scot McKnight volume on James and I'll say it for this book as well - if you want to see what this series is about, pick up this volume and if you're comfortable with it, then try out some more.
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Review 2 for The Book of Ruth: New International Commentary on the Old Testament [NICOT]
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Date:September 21, 2007
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Brian Hager
The NICOT is a heavier commentary that fills the niche of digging deeper into theological truths. And while I do not agree with everything that Hubbard has said, I do find it refreshing and very helpful.
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Date:November 12, 2000
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Steven Taylor
A good, informative book. Hubbard fixes on the Spirit behind the actions taking place and communicates the concept of the Kinsman Redeemer.
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