5 Stars Out Of 5
A Scholarly Commentary on Judges
October 3, 2017
Judges is an Old Testament commentary, written by Barry G. Webb and published by Eerdmands. Commentaries on Judges can be either highly critical or devotional in nature. I therefore was pleasantly surprised when I read Webbs work and found it to be more on the conservative side while still engaging with high criticism scholarship. It has been a long time since a scholarly mostly conservative work has been published on the Book of Judges and Webb did not disappoint, weighing in at almost just over 550 pages.
This commentary is the a newer edition of the famous New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but truly propels it to new heights. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on the one of the books of history which is usually bogged down by from criticism and or long discussions on genocide. Yet while Webb does answer these critical issues, something he does flawlessly by the way, he interacts with critical scholarship in a way most conservative commentators dont. From this it is easy to see why Webb is a highly regarded scholar and superior exegete.
Judges has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on the book of Judges. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book and how they relate to the Bible as a whole. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different methodical approaches to study of this book Hawk takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He does not use his own translation of the Hebrew text, yet this is not common in the NICOT series as a whole. I do wish though that there was more application to some of the more difficult passages.
While I disagree with Web on a few minor issues with regard to Old Testament date of writing, the arguments he makes are sound I just adhere to a earlier date of composition. One are I did greatly enjoy is Webbs argument against Deborahs judgeship and for Barracks. This is an position that many today do not hold, yet it was refreshing to see it in a scholarly commentary.
Webb is innovate in his interpretation and application while staying stalwart in his commitment to orthodoxy. In the vein of recommending, Judges , to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars, yet I would highly recommend pastors, such as myself, to pair this scholarly commentary with one that is one that has more of a pastoral tone. There are many commentaries about the book of Judges available at this moment but Judges of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series is a very scholarly works worthy of your time.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Judges: New International Commentary on the Old Testament
2012 by Barry G. Webb
Page Count: 555 Pages