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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Book Review: Unceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of Ruth

Unceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of RuthUnceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of Ruth by Peter H.W. Lau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author traces various themes in the book of Ruth, e.g., providence, kindness (hesed), refuge, famine, God’s hiddenness, redemption, and mission. He discusses the canonical placement of the book with Judges, Proverbs, or Psalms as well as the earlier or later date for the writing of the book. Reading Ruth alongside the other books in different placements yields different insights. Overall, it is a helpful study.

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