Joshua, Judges, Ruth

series: Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

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Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

These three books tell the history of Israel's early life in Canaan, before the monarchy. Their narratives mix exhilarating stories of God's deliverance and somber examples of the people's disobedience. They also include elements that are strange to modern readers. The commentators explore history and culture of the era to explain the difficult issues raised and relate the lessons to contemporary Christian life.


"The three commentaries in this volume will be of great help to laypeople, busy students, and pastors looking for simple, clear expositions of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. They offer many valuable insights into individual passages as well as the overall messages of these books. The authors are informed biblical scholars who do not clutter their work with technical discussions only distantly related to the text's meaning. Their goal--of clarifying the original meaning of these important (yet often-neglected) books for today's readers-is admirably accomplished."--David M Howard Jr., professor of Old Testament, Bethel Theological Seminary.

The Authors

  1. J. Gordon Harris

    J. Gordon Harris

    J. Gordon Harris is professor of Old Testament and director of Doctoral Studies at North American Baptist Seminary. He is also a chaplain in the Army Reserves and National Guard.

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  2. Cheryl A. Brown

    Cheryl A. Brown

    Cheryl A. Brown is an ordained American Baptist minister and is currently involved in theological education in Eastern Europe and the Middle East with the European Baptist Federation.

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  3. Michael S. Moore

    Michael S. Moore

    Michael S. Moore is assistant professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Arizona and is a preaching minister at the Tatum Boulevard Church of Christ in Phoenix.

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"This is a well written and carefully edited commentary, with only 383 pages of text, excluding suggestions for further reading, an index of biblical citations, and a general index. The attention to detail, archaeology, social setting, and the theological pay-off to these biblical books make this commentary a valuable tool for preachers and teachers and can, hopefully, encourage a closer look at some neglected texts. The NIV Commentary on Joshua, Judges, and Ruth can be appreciated and apprehended by religion specialists and novices alike. This is a valuable resource of pastors, teachers, small groups, and students of the Bible of any proficiency.--Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

"All three commentators deduce very helpful lessons from the narratives they examine. . . . Positive contributions by all three commentators make this book definitely worth considering as a study help."--Restoration Quarterly