Product Review: The Book of Ruth: Hope Fulfilled and the Redeemer’s Grace

The “Book of Ruth Hope Fulfilled and the Redeemer’s Grace” is a commentary written by Sam Nadler. It provides in-depth analysis of the Book of Ruth from three different perspectives: Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. The major themes within the Book of Ruth are faithfulness, kindness, integrity, and protection along with prosperity and blessings. Nadler provides background information and vividly describes the era as a time of anarchy, the dark age of Israel in need of a Messiah.

Ruth was faithful and kind to Naomi exemplifying the God’s faithfulness and loyalty to us. As Ruth was kind to Naomi, in turn Boaz showed kindness by buying back land to guarantee Ruth and Naomi’s inheritance. This demonstrates Christ kindness by dying for us to guarantee our eternal life. Ruth demonstrated high moral character by showing her loyalty to Naomi. Ruth left her homeland and customs and clung to her mother-in-law embracing Naomi’s beliefs in God and willing to support her. Through the three viewpoints we are able to see in parallel God’s protection, kindness, and prosperity for us even in dark times.

Nadler provides comprehensible examples of how the themes within the Book of Ruth correlate to God’s revelation of himself and relationship with His people. Nadler gives us insight from Hebrew and Greek languages for a cohesive understanding of the Scriptures. Additionally, Nadler offers a glossary of terms and Jewish tradition. Although Nadler categorizes this book as a commentary, it is not your typical theology textbook. It is well written and a great read. I would recommend using this commentary as supplement reading to enhance your understanding of this book of promise.

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