Jenny Matheny lists and annotates her top commentaries on Nijay Gupta's blog here. It is a decent list but I would have found a place for commentaries by Block and Hubbard.
Sep 10, 2021
Sep 9, 2021
Ruth is a brief but powerful picture of God's redemptive provision. The book can be studied in a variety of ways, one of which is from a literary perspective. And one way to do so is to try and analyze the plot structure
As I see it, the Book of Ruth is a “problem based” plot. In this kind of plot, a problem is introduced in the beginning which will be addressed in the rest of the story. The major problem is the emptying of Naomi’s life through the death of her husband, two sons, and a daughter-in-law.
Naomi’s plight may have symbolic, theological, and canonical implications. That is, Naomi may be representative of the nation Israel as a whole, her plight and redemption highlighting the loyal love of Yahweh, and the book’s place within the so-called “Bethlehem Trilogy”involving two stories in the book of Judges involving Bethlehem.
In a forthcoming post I will lay out this plot as I see it.
Sep 8, 2021
Sep 7, 2021
I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some helpful links that I discovered during my research. It includes a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 53 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.
Into the Word with Paul Carter: https://ca.thegospelcoalition.org/into-the-word/psalms-52-54
Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps053.pdf
William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_053.pdf
Psalm 53 devotional: https://www.generations.org/devotionals/66
Psalm 53 in canonical perspective: http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1010-99192013000300004
Sep 6, 2021
Sep 5, 2021
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member to read them.
Garrick V. Allen, Manuscripts of the Book of Revelation: New Philology, Paratexts, Reception
Reviewed by Alexander E. Stewart
Dominique Angers, L' « Aujourd'hui » en Luc-Actes, chez Paul et en Hébreux: Itinéraires et associations d'un motif Deutéronomique
Reviewed by Laurent Pinchard
David R. Bauer, The Gospel of the Son of God: An Introduction to Matthew
Reviewed by Charles L. Quarles
Kevin Burrell, Cushites in the Hebrew Bible: Negotiating Ethnic Identity in the Past and Present
Reviewed by Joel B. Kemp
Vasile Condrea, Syntactic Studies in Targum Aramaic: A Text-Linguistic Reading of 1 Samuel
Reviewed by Andrew Daniel
David deSilva, The Letter to the Galatians
Reviewed by Frank W. Hughes
Arthur Jan Keefer, Proverbs 1–9 as an Introduction to the Book of Proverbs
Reviewed by Alice Ogden Bellis
Edmondo F. Lupieri, ed., Mary Magdalene from the New Testament to the New Age and Beyond
Reviewed by Siobhán Jolley
Kenneth Seeskin, Thinking about the Prophets: A Philosopher Reads the Bible
Reviewed by Nathan Mastnjak
Andrew Kimseng Tan, The Rhetoric of Abraham’s Faith in Romans 4
Reviewed by Timothy J. Christian