Book Review: The Psalms: Structure, Content, and Message

The Psalms: Structure, Content, and MessageThe Psalms: Structure, Content, and Message by Claus Westermann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty good book. There are some good nuggets scattered through this one. Westermann looks at the Psalms through ten content genres. His notes on structure and content were probably the most useful. At times he’s a little heavy on the canonical criticism and redaction theory.

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Book Review: The Psalter Reclaimed

The Psalter ReclaimedThe Psalter Reclaimed by Gordon J. Wenham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful study. Wenham looks at the Psalms and discusses aspects of historical and traditional interpretation, canonical interpretation and criticism, the collection and arrangement of the Psalms, as well as psalmic intertextuality. In some cases he raises issues for investigation without fully committing. Overall, he upheld the eschatological, Messianic thrust of the Psalms. It was an informative and thought provoking study.

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Book Review: A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God

A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of GodA Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book goes through the book of Ruth chapter by chapter with a summary of practical application at the end. Piper blends theological and practical commentary while walking through the book. As you would expect, the book is very God-centered in interpretation and insightful in application.

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Book Review: From Famine to Fullness: The Gospel According to Ruth

From Famine to Fullness: The Gospel According to RuthFrom Famine to Fullness: The Gospel According to Ruth by Dean R. Ulrich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book looks at major redemptive themes in the book of Ruth. The layout follows the book of Ruth and in that respect is a little more like a commentary. He does address many details in the book, but doesn’t get deeply entangled in them. He focuses on aspects of Gospel truth in the book and connects major themes with other biblical books. It is a helpful study.

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Book Review: The Theology of the Book of Ruth

The Theology of the Book of RuthThe Theology of the Book of Ruth by Ronald M. Hals
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book primarily focuses on the providence and hiddenness of God in the book of Ruth. A good portion of the book is given to that theme in other canonical books the author compares and contrasts to Ruth.

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