Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review: The Message of Ruth (1983) by David Atkinson

The Message of Ruth (1983) by David Atkinson

We had just finished studying the Book of Ruth last week. It was an exciting journey of exploration and learning experience. I only used this commentary as supplementary for my own discovery of the Word. Like I said over and over again: The Bible Speaks Today commentary series is the best! 

The book of Ruth is a tale of charm and delight. Goethe cal
led it "the loveliest complete work on a small scale, handed down to us as an ethical treatise and an idyll." Another writes, "No poet in the world has written a more beautiful short story." The book tells about very ordinary people facing very ordinary events. 

We meet Naomi, who underwent hardship in famine and bereavement but eventually won peace and security. We meet Ruth, a young foreign woman from Moab who attached herself to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and to Naomi's God. And we meet Boaz, who by marrying Ruth fitted into God's purpose's for history.

Both King David and King Jesus are numbered among their descendants. Theologically the story of Ruth is a story about God's providence. This David Atkinson demonstrates clearly in his passage-by-passage exposition. What a book! 

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