Ruth: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text

Ruth: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text

by Robert D. Holmstedt
     
 

Rather than devote space to the type of theological and exegetical comments found in most commentaries, this series focuses on the Hebrew text and its related issues, syntactic and otherwise. The volumes serve as prequels to commentary proper, providing guides to understanding the linguistic characteristics of the texts from which the messages of the texts may then

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Rather than devote space to the type of theological and exegetical comments found in most commentaries, this series focuses on the Hebrew text and its related issues, syntactic and otherwise. The volumes serve as prequels to commentary proper, providing guides to understanding the linguistic characteristics of the texts from which the messages of the texts may then be derived. In addition to this, Ruth, the newest volume in the series, handbooks on Amos, Genesis 1-11, and Jonah are also now available.

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Editorial Reviews

Bible Today - James Chukwuma Okoye

This commentary on Ruth from the Hebrew text (phrase by phrase) is written with the awareness that Ruth or/and Jonah are usually the first Hebrew texts learners of biblical Hebrew read. Pages 1–50 summarize relevant aspects of Hebrew grammar, semantics, and pragmatics (how syntactic and semantic options are manipulated) that the student should be familiar with. Linguistic features show no clear needbased borrowing from Aramaic, so one thinks of the early Persian period as the time of writing. Holmstedt is attentive to nuances. For example, "due to the famine in Israel, someone from the town named ‘House of Bread’ [Bethlehem] had to leave to find provision as an alien in a foreign land" (p. 55). The comments in places explain the use of accents and the grammatical changes they induce in words/phrases.In short, the author has given students a valuable step-by-step introduction to reading the text of the Hebrew Bible.

From the Publisher

"Holmstedt's volume is a mine of information and insight. ... certainly a book that will repay investment."
--D. W. Rooke, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2011, 35:5)

"An up-to-date resource valuable for intermediate students. Holmstedt provides a strong focus on the connection between syntax and nuance of meaning."

--Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament - D. W. Rooke

Holmstedt's volume is a mine of information and insight... certainly a book that will repay investment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932792911
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2010
Series:
Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible Series, #4
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Katharine Doob Sakenfeld

An up-to-date resource valuable for intermediate students. Holmstedt provides a strong focus on the connection between syntax and nuance of meaning.

Victor H. Matthews

An excellent linguistic pathway through Ruth. Students will find his systematic approach and his inclusion of pedagogic aids very helpful, and scholars will appreciate the breadth of his textual comments that make this much more than just a syntactical handbook or guide to grammatical forms.

K. Lawson Younger Jr.

Designed for the intermediate student to the advanced researcher, Holmstedt's Ruth is a wonderful paragon of an informed merging of traditional Hebrew grammatical analysis with insights from the modern linguistic analysis of Hebrew. With conciseness and clarity, Holmstedt demonstrates the great value of a linguistically informed analysis of biblical Hebrew, not only for the book of Ruth, but for biblical texts in general.

Meet the Author

Robert D. Holmstedt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, where he teaches ancient Hebrew and Northwest Semitic languages.

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