Judges and Ruth

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Focused Biblical Scholarship to Teach the Text Effectively

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text.

Judges covers a dark time in Israel's history, and the narrative often leaves the reader shocked at the actions of God's people. In spite of Israel's unfaithfulness, God remains faithful. He, not the leaders he raises up, is the hero of the story. Way helps the reader understand this perplexing text, using two interpretive questions: What is wrong with this picture? Where is God in this story?

Concurrent with the time of the judges, Ruth provides a counterbalance to the darkness of Judges, showing there were still people who kept the covenant. But it too is a story about God--his love, loyalty, and compassion--and of how he paved the way for King David and, ultimately, Jesus.

"Outstanding. Readers will benefit greatly from the numerous important insights into the original meaning of these books as well as the many practical applications for Christian living. Very readable, this impressive volume is a must-have commentary."--K. Lawson Younger Jr., professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages, and ancient Near Eastern history, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Concise and well-written. The unique conventions of the Teach the Text Commentary Series--such as highlighting big ideas and key themes and giving guidance on teaching and illustrating the text--will make this commentary very helpful to those involved in a regular teaching ministry."--Clinton E. Arnold, dean and professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"Kenneth Way makes both the literary form and the message of the books of Judges and Ruth accessible to lay readers and anyone else who seeks to study the books in greater detail. Both author and publisher are to be commended for this fine volume."--Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

Kenneth C. Way (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is associate professor of Bible exposition at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is also the author of Donkeys in the Biblical World: Ceremony and Symbol.


Endorsements

"Dr. Kenneth C. Way has produced an outstanding commentary on the books of Judges and Ruth. In particular, Way's dedicated, long-term study on the book of Judges is demonstrated in his meticulous attention to detail in the exposition of the various issues encountered in this book. Readers will benefit greatly from the numerous important insights into the original meaning of these books as well as the many practical applications for Christian living. Very readable, this impressive volume is a must-have commentary for those teaching and preaching these two important books of the Old Testament."

K. Lawson Younger Jr., professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages, and ancient Near Eastern history, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"For many years I have been encouraged by the teaching, research, and writing of Ken Way. He's both scholarly and inspirational. He takes the biblical text with profound seriousness and then takes it to heart in a way that is contagious for his hearers and readers. I've processed my own biblical wrestlings on several passages with Dr. Way, and I've traveled with him through Israel and heard him reflect from his depths of knowledge and wisdom. Each time, I come away inspired and enlightened. If you are considering reading or teaching on Judges or Ruth, do not miss Dr. Way's commentary."

Barry H. Corey, president of Biola University; author of Love Kindness

"The book of Judges narrates dark and curious episodes in the history of Israel after the conquest. Yet, as Ken Way demonstrates, there are many helpful and surprising lessons to learn from this rich book that are highly relevant to the people of God today. Ken applies his skill as a historian and interpreter to produce a concise and well-written guide to both Judges and Ruth. The unique conventions of the Teach the Text Commentary Series--such as the big idea, the key themes, teaching the text, and illustrating the text--will make this commentary very helpful to those involved in a regular teaching ministry."

Clinton E. Arnold, dean and professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"This commentary on Judges and Ruth combines brief introductory observations and concluding theological reflections on each literary unit with judicious commentary on words and expressions that need clarification. In so doing, Kenneth Way makes both the literary form and the message of the books of Judges and Ruth accessible to lay readers and anyone else who seeks to study the books in greater detail. Both author and publisher are to be commended for this fine volume."

Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College


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  1. Kenneth C. Way

    Kenneth C. Way

    Kenneth C. Way (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is associate professor of Bible exposition at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is also the author of Donkeys in the Biblical World: Ceremony and Symbol.

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