11 Best Judges Commentaries You Must Read First
June 6, 2017

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1) Joshua, Judges, and Ruth (OT Daily Study Bible Series)

 

 

Top Judges Commentaries // #1

A. Graeme Auld – Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity in Edinburgh, Scotland – pens Joshua, Judges, and Ruth for the OT Daily Study Bible Series. Joshua, Judges and Ruth are the key biblical witness to Israel’s early history. Said Auld: “tthey tell the story of how under Joshua the land was first taken by Israel and then apportioned to her various tribes.

Continuing the brilliant pattern established by Barclay’s New Testament series, the Daily Study Bible has been extended to cover the entire Old Testament as well.

It is invaluable for individual devotional study, for group discussion, and for classroom use.  The Daily Study Bible provides a useful, reliable, and intimately readable way to discover what the Scriptures were saying then and what God is saying today.

 

Joshua, Judges, and Ruth (OT Daily Study Bible Series)

 

2) Judges and Ruth (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)

 

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Top Judges Commentaries // #2

This volume from the New Cambridge Bible Commentary gives life to the world portrayed in the stories in Judges and Ruth.  After first establishing a cultural and literary context, author Victor Matthews gives readers an “insider” perspective on the narratives and analyzes each story separately and as a whole.

Judges and Ruth (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)

 

3) Judges and Ruth (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

 

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Top Judges Commentaries // #3

The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Judges and Ruth by Arthur E. Cundall and Leon L. Morris.  The duo join forces in this introduction and commentary to the books of Judges and Ruth.  The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Judges and Ruth has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

 

Judges and Ruth (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

 

4) The Book of Judges (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

 

 

Top Judges Commentaries // #4

A writer who is both scholarly and easy to read, Barry Webb pens The Book of Judges for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series. This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources fore their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.

 

The Book of Judges (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

 

5) Wcs Judges and Ruth: Even in Darkness

 

 

Top Judges Commentaries // #5

As Gordon Keddie – minister of Grace Presbyterian Church in State College, Pennsylvania- shows us in Even in Darkness, the time of the Judges was an evil one. God was rejected by the people of Israel and they rebelled against his laws. However, even in this time of unbelief, God raised up men and women to call his people back to a personal faith in the living God.

As he walks us clearly through the book of Judges and Ruth, Keddie challenges readers to live consistently in their faith and offers a message of hope and victory to those who do.

Wcs Judges and Ruth: Even in Darkness

 

6) Judges (Geneva Series of Commentaries)

 

Top Judges Commentaries // #6

Irishman Andrew Robert Fausset (who died in 1910) explains Judges accurately, clarifies the geographical and historical references and pulls out spiritual lessons from the narrative in the Geneva Series of Commentaries volume on Judges.

A biblical scholar, Fausset believed that “the histories in Holy Scripture are wonderfully framed by their Divine Author to set forth spiritual and everlasting truths for all ages.”

Judges (Geneva Series of Commentaries)

 

7) The Message of Judges (Bible Speaks Today)

 

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Top Judges Commentaries // #7

What is the message of the puzzling Judges?  British scholar Michael Wilcock – formerly director of pastoral studies at Trinity College, Bristol – tells us that the overall message is that God himself is the Judge and only he transcends the uncertain record of human judges.

An in-depth commentary that brings Judges to a very real view, it is a useful Judges commentary for those who wish to remain faithful to sound biblical interpretation.

The Message of Judges (Bible Speaks Today)

 

8) Judges & Ruth (The Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series)

 

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Top Judges Commentaries // #8

The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Judges and Ruth by Arthur E. Cundall and Leon L. Morris.  The duo join forces in this introduction and commentary to the books of Judges and Ruth.  The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Judges and Ruth has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

Judges & Ruth (The Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series)

 

9) Judges, Ruth (The NIV Application Commentary)

 

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Top Judges Commentaries // #9

By K. Lawson Younger, Jr. PhD – a professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages, and ancient near eastern history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois – this volume represents clarity in two ancient and often puzzling texts. It cuts to the chase, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into today’s time so that it can he heard and believed with all the freshness and necessity of a new day. Younger works through the books passage by passage and eloquently and soundly demonstrates the timeless relevance of Judges and Ruth.  And why are they?  Judges, because it reveals a God who employs human deliverers but refuses to ignore their sins; and Ruth, because it demonstrates the cosmic impact of a righteous character.

Judges, Ruth (The NIV Application Commentary)

 

10) Judges, Ruth: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture

 

 

Top Judges Commentaries // #10

Daniel I. Block – a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois – is the primary author of Judges, Ruth: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary). Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.

 

11) Judges: Such a Great Salvation (Focus on the Bible)

 

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Top Judges Commentaries // #11

Author Dale Ralph Davis presents an easily digestible commentary on the earthy, puzzling, violent and often ignored Judges in Judges: Such a Great Salvation  from the Focus on the Bible series.  He analyzes the major literary and theological themes discovered in each section and (in witty fashion) delivers practical biblical instruction for the believer and the church.

Judges: Such a Great Salvation (Focus on the Bible)

 

 



 

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