5 Stars Out Of 5
One of the Best Commentaries Available on Ruth
September 10, 2012
If you didn't already read my summary, I consider this to be one of the best commentaries available on Ruth (with Daniel Block's NAC being a very close second).
The NICOT series a fantastic semi-technical commentary set. They're scholarly and thick, so you might have to take your time reading them, but that's okay. If you really want to understand what Ruth is about, I would highly recommend this volume, as Hubbard explains the 80 or so verses of Ruth in 285 pages. Therefore, you are certainly getting your money's worth and he even quotes Wellhausen on this in the introduction, saying "So thick a book for so thin a subject". Like all books in the Bible, there are certain textual difficulties, cultural misunderstandings and potential theological confusion. Hubbard does a fine job with working through the details of these and it's okay to come to a different conclusions on some, as I did.
I said a very similar thing for the NICNT Scot McKnight volume on James and I'll say it for this book as well - if you want to see what this series is about, pick up this volume and if you're comfortable with it, then try out some more.