A good resource, two-fold.
It’s not often that commentaries provide a double-whammy, but Robert Chisholm has provided it with this new commentary. Immediately, you’ll find that this is a scholarly commentary, but don’t let that scare you off! Chisholm does the root work of study and brings to the table a respectable and approachable piece of work. In doing so, the text is not only scholarly but readable and learnable. If you have used commentaries before, you’ll probably appreciate the approach taken by the author/editor in this volume. What Chisholm does different from some commentators is that he allows the text to guide the commentary, rather than the other way around. Therefore, you have a commentary that is led by the text and is rich in background, history, and also application.
Throughout the commentary, Chisholm uses a 3-tier approach in allowing the text to guide the reader:
- What do the texts mean in their original contexts?
- What biblical principles can we learn from them?
- What does it mean for us in contemporary times?
What these questions prevent is:
- False implications for today
This is why this commentary will remain on my shelf to be used personally but also shared and recommended for use by others. One of the lacking aspects in preaching today is preaching through books of the Old Testament. But when you study and realize the treasury of wisdom and truth in books like Judges & Ruth, you’ll be wise to hold on to commentaries that will aid in preparation and study.
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