Ruth in the Concordia commentary series reflects the narrative of the book in that it tells the story of a destitute foreigner who came to believe in Israel’s God and was welcomed into God’s people.
By grace she was privileged to become an ancestor of Jesus Christ, the Savior of all peoples.
The commentary focuses on the themes of God’s covenant; God’s loyalty, reflected in the lives of his faithful people; the theology of missions and evangelism; Boaz as a redeemer, prefiguring Jesus Christ; and the promise of eternal life.
The commentary’s Christocentric hermeneutic elucidates the rich Gospel message of Ruth and its relevance for the church today.
The author’s international perspective and decades of service as a pastor and professor have given him unique insights into the message of this neglected book.
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About Dr. John R. Wilch: Dr. John R. Wilch is emeritus professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He studied at Capitol University, Columbus, Ohio (B.A.), Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio (M.Div.), and Evangelische Fakultät, Universität Münster, Germany (D. Theol.).
Concordia Commentaries written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.
This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection.
The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope.
Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, demon possession and the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ.
Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature. Finally, Scripture’s message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confession of the faith–all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.
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