3 Profound Theological and Ideological Messages of Ruth
When I was a pastor and I preached from the New Testament, my first go-to commentary was the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. Its careful, exhaustive approach to the text gave my exegetical exploits sure footing.
Now we have the Old Testament equivalent, and Daniel Block’s commentary on Ruth is headlining the launch.
ZECOT provides pastors and teachers with a careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text through several distinctive features: it offers a fresh, author-inspired translation; displays a structural “thought flow;” identifies and discusses the main idea; reveals its literary context; draws out the meaning of the Hebrew for interpretation; and outlines the theological and canonical significance.
Block’s engagement with Read more
My Advice to Students — Daniel Block Says “When You Wrestle with the Text, Wrestle with the Text.”
In our ongoing video series of advice to students from biblical scholars, Daniel Block, Old Testament professor at Wheaton College and author of Deuteronomy (NIVAC), says the most important lesson he has learned, which he learned back in seminary, is "When you are wrestling with biblical texts, wrestle with the texts."
In other words, wrestle with the Bible first, then commentaries.
Biblical studies isn’t a spectator sport, so don’t let your commentaries do all your wrestling for you. Get in the ring with the text.
I understand well this pull toward merely engaging with people who comment on the text, rather than simply the text itself. I attended seminary around the corner from a bookstore…
Deuteronomy: A Theological Manifesto Like the Gospel of John
Maybe it's because I'm a green preacher and haven't taught on the Old Testament often, but applying Deuteronomy to 21st century living is a head scratcher. Yet Daniel Block's commentary on Deuteronomy (NIVAC) manages to do just that, apply it to everyday life in a way that stays true to the book's original purpose.
And the way he does that is by insisting that the book of Deuteronomy is a theological manifesto on par with the gospel of John.
A theological manifesto? And in comparison with John's gospel? An interesting comparison, I know, but one that's helped me better understand the purpose and scope of Deuteronomy. And one that will surely help me preach it far better than I have in the past.
Here is how Block explains his comparison: