Robert Hubbard is the author of the Ruth volume in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.
The book of Ruth contains one of the Bible’s best-known and most-loved stories.
This commentary shows how the author of Ruth used, with great literary artistry, the story of Ruth and Naomi to convey important theological themes.
In his introduction Hubbard discusses the issues of text, canonicity, literary criticism, authorship, date, purpose, setting, genre, legal background, themes, and theology, concluding with an outline of the book and a thorough bibliography.
The commentary proper is based on Hubbard’s own fresh translation and accented by copious footnotes on textual, philological, and literary matters.
Gleaning the best from recent research on Ruth, Hubbard gives the story’s rich literary, grammatical, and theological dimensions a careful, rigorous treatment.
He allows for the possibility that the anonymous author was a woman and argues that the narrative itself aims to counter opposition to the Davidic monarchy in Israel and Judah during Solomon’s reign.
Throughout, Hubbard’s sensitivity to the literary genius of Ruth’s author and his coherent explication of the outworking of the book’s theological themes make this volume an invaluable tool for anyone desiring to explore the intriguing story of Ruth in depth. 
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Christianity Today, Best Commentary 1989
“It is safe to say that this will remain, for some considerable time to come, one of the most useful and enlightening commentaries available on the lovely little book of Ruth.” — Themelios
“This commentary is a pleasure to work with. . . . Hubbard gives clarity to this beautiful portion of God’s word, and by doing so strengthens the faith of the reader.” — Vox Reformata
“A masterly commentary that provides an immense amount of information but gives pride of place to the message of the book of Ruth. . . . Recommended wholeheartedly.” — Anvil
“Readable, well produced, and richly indexed. . . . One of the choice Ruth commentaries for a good time to come.” — Religious Studies Review
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