An expressly theological reading of the biblical book of Ruth
In this commentary James McKeown approaches the book of Ruth as part of the whole canon of Scripture, exploring not only the content of the book itself but also its relationship to other biblical books. He shows in particular how Ruth overflows with allusions to Genesis. The themes of "blessing," "seed," and "land" are common to both books, and studying Genesis and Ruth together provides profound insights into the providential working of God to fulfill the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
In addition to his exegetical commentary on the text of Ruth, McKeown provides useful background material on how the book has been interpreted throughout history, including Jewish interpretation, and he focuses on Ruth's theology and its application. His discussion also touches on such related topics as universalism, feminist studies, and the missiological significance of the book of Ruth.
McKeown's insightful commentary will enable students, pastors, and laypeople to better understand the ancient book of Ruth so that they can better apply its message and wisdom today.
This product can be purchased individually, or as part of the following sets:
Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary (9 Vols.) - THOTC
Two Horizons Old and New Testament Commentary (12 Vols.) - THOTC
"Concisely covers the text of Ruth and its historical, sociological, and theological motifs. . . . A helpful resource." Review of Biblical Literature
"Brilliant combination of detailed exegesis alongside skilled theological exposition. Both the individual context of Ruth and the broader context of the Old Testament canon are brought to bear in a volume that is sure to be treasured by both scholars and lay readers alike." Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament
"The distinctive character of the Two Horizons series shines brightly here. Whereas most commentaries focus on the first horizon (explaining the details of the text), McKeown devotes fully one half of his exposition to conversations about the theological implications of motifs and concepts raised by the narrative of Ruth. His discussions of the relationship of this book to the rest of the Scriptures (both Old and New Testament) and his reflections on its enduring theology are without equal. This commentary should be required reading for all who study and teach or preach the message of the book of Ruth." Daniel Block — Wheaton College
"McKeown's parting words on Ruth ('a breath of fresh air,' p. 140) apply very well to his own commentary. It is worth the reading and worthy of a place in the theological library even of those who count themselves outside of the circle of Christian leaders for whom the commentary was primarily conceived." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
teaches Old Testament and Hebrew at Union Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.