Judges and Ruth (Teach the Text Commentary Series)
Talbot School of Theology
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.
Judges, Ruth, Commentaries
Way, Kenneth C. (2016). Judges and Ruth (Teach the Text Commentary Series). Grand Rapids: Baker Books.