The Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31:10ff

The last major section of Proverbs is a poem about an excellent, noble, strong, hard-working, wise woman. And Proverbs 31:10ff is actually an acrostic. The first word of each line in this poem starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet and it goes in order from beginning (A aleph, א) to end (T taw, …

Was Ruth Barren?

Ruth was probably barren before she had little Obed. This is something I haven't heard before, or at least I don't remember hearing. However, after studying the text and consulting some commentaries, I do believe that before Ruth conceived and gave birth to Obed she was most likely unable to have children. Why do I …

Recommended Ruth Commentary

Daniel Block As I'm studying and preaching through Ruth, I've really been enjoying Daniel Block's commentary in the New American Commentary series.  I appreciate the balance Block strikes between exegesis and interpretation.  He works carefully with the Hebrew text and also gives helpful, level-headed interpretation.  It's also written in an understandable way.  Here's one section I …

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