Ruth, Esther
Ruth, Esther

Ruth, Esther

in Word Biblical Commentary

by Frederic Bush

4.78 Rank Score: 7.54 from 19 reviews, 7 featured collections, and 24 user libraries
Pages 514
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Published 1/1/1996
ISBN-13 9780849902086


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Bush’s volume on Ruth is extensive in its scope and detailed in its analysis. The commentary provides thorough exegesis, but it will likely come off as too technical and philosophical for the armchair theologian. A solid resource for scholars. Bush’s commentary is a key source for understanding the text and translation of Esther. It is one of the most thorough commentaries available on the book and incredibly helpful for those seeking an in-depth analysis of the text. Bush’s technical writing will be especially helpful for seminary students who need an introduction to the main areas of scholarly debate. [Full Review]
In this commentary series, each chapter starts with a bibliography, author’s translation of the text, critical notes followed by form/structure/setting, comments of the verses, and ends with explanations. I find this commentary, though technical, full of theological insights. [Full Review]
G Ware G Ware May 29, 2018
Having read Jobes' commentary on Esther, and loving it, I wanted to add a more technical commentary for the detailed linguistic and historical bits. Bush was highly recommended, and has not disappointed. I haven't done much at all with the Ruth portion, but the little I have checked is solid. Strong on history, as well as theology. Avoids lengthy speculation about redactions, sources, dating, etc. though not completely uninterested in such discussion. Thorough, but still very usable for various audiences; pastors, upper level students, scholars.
Tim Challies Tim Challies August 21, 2013
This commentary is significantly more technical than the others in the list, and a little more philosophical. Yet it is also very thorough and very helpful. Like Duguid’s commentary, this one covers both Ruth and Esther together. It will prove significantly more technical than the others in the list, and a little more philosophical. Yet it is also said to be very thorough and very helpful, especially for pastors preparing sermons on this book. [Full Review]
John Glynn John Glynn September 20, 2008
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Jim Rosscup Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008
For those seeking a more extensive commentary on the book of Esther, Frederic Bush's work in the WBC series is a good place to start. Although a bit too technical for most readers, it will be of benefit to seminary students and others doing in-depth study of the text. [Full Review]
An extensive, if somewhat technical, commentary on the Book of Ruth, but one well worth consulting. [Full Review]
An Evangelical scholar of the Bible and Ancient Near East brings his knowledge to these two books. [Full Review]