Kenneth C. Way is the author of the Judges-Ruth volume in the Teach the Text commentary series.
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.
About the author: 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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By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture.
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“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
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— 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
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