Ruth & Esther: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]
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Overview of Commentary Organization
- Introduction - covers issues pertaining to the whole book, including context, date, authorship, composition, interpretive issues, purpose, and theology.
- Pericope Bibliography - a helpful resource containing the most important works that pertain to each particular pericope.
- Translation - the author's own translation of the biblical text, reflecting the end result of exegesis and attending to Hebrew and Greek idiomatic usage of words, phrases, and tenses, yet in reasonably good English.
- Notes - the author's notes to the translation that address any textual variants, grammatical forms, syntactical constructions, basic meanings of words, and problems of translation.
- Form/Structure/Setting - a discussion of redaction, genre, sources, and tradition as they concern the origin of the pericope, its canonical form, and its relation to the biblical and extra-biblical contexts in order to illuminate the structure and character of the pericope. Rhetorical or compositional features important to understanding the passage are also introduced here.
- Comment - verse-by-verse interpretation of the text and dialogue with other interpreters, engaging with current opinion and scholarly research.
- Explanation - brings together all the results of the discussion in previous sections to expose the meaning and intention of the text at several levels: (1) within the context of the book itself; (2) its meaning in the OT or NT; (3) its place in the entire canon; (4) theological relevance to broader OT or NT issues.
- General Bibliography - occurring at the end of each volume, this extensive bibliography contains all sources used anywhere in the commentary.
Number of Pages: 450
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Availability: Sorry, no longer available.
Series: Word Biblical Commentary
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