New Testament Commentary Series

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For the next few days, Olive Tree is offering a complete NT commentary series for US$40 (normally US$100) for iOS/Android.

Disclaimer: I don’t own it myself, but I do know the reputations of the scholars who have contributed to each volume, and I’ve flipped through some of the sample pages on Amazon for the hardcopy equivalents (e.g. Reading Matthew, David Garland).

It looks ideal for someone who wants more depth than a single-volume whole-bible commentary, but doesn’t want to pay $50-100 per bible book for the big scholarly tomes. The offer is until Dec 8.

Ruth – part 3 (2:1-23)

At the end of Ruth chapter 1 (see yesterday), Naomi has returned to her homeland, poor and childless. She is bitter, because she sees God’s hand as being against her. She is “empty” – without a man in her family to provide food for her, and without an heir. Yet the chapter ended with a note of hope. Two notes, in fact. One of her daughters-in-law, Ruth, has stayed with her – more than that, has aligned herself with Israel and Israel’s God, despite being a Moabite. And it’s the start of the harvest in Israel. What will happen next?

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