Does God help those who help themselves? That may seem to be the message of the Books of Esther and Ruth. Some think that Ruth's attractiveness won over naomi and Boaz, or that Esther's bold faithfulness saved her people. But a closer reading shows an embittered Namoi to have abandoned the Promised Land and God's people, and Esther to have become thoroughly assimilated to the culture and values of Persian society.
In Esther, God works in invisible ways to save his people. In Ruth, God's grace comes to Naomi unexpectedly, and with it, a depiction of redemption for her people. In both books, a gracious and sovereign God works through flawed individuals—unable even to help themselves—to rescue his people and prepare for the coming of Christ.
About the Author
A native of Great Britain, Iain Duguid served as a missionary in Liberia, West Africa, before studying for the ministry. He completed a PhD in Old Testament at Cambridge University, and subsequently planted a church on an inner-city housing estate in Oxford, England. He has taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and at Westminster Seminary California, before teaching at Grove City College, in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He is also an ordained minister in the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church.
While working at the seminary in California, he also planted and pastored a church in Fallbrook. Shortly after he began at Grove City, he planted Christ Presbyterian Church. In his classes, Dr. Duguid is eager to help students learn not merely how to translate texts from Hebrew into English but also how to preach Christ from those ancient texts in ways that minister to the hearts of contemporary congregations.
About the Series
The Reformed Expository Commentary is biblical (committed to comprehensive exposition of the text), doctrinal (committed to the Westminster Standards), redemptive-historical (committed to a Christ-centered view of the Old Testament), and practical (committed to applying the text to people today). Coeditors are Philip Ryken and Richard Phillips; biblical editors are Iain Duguid and Dan Doriani.
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Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN 10: 0875527833
ISBN 13: 9780875527833
"Duguid's Esther & Ruth exemplifies the style that makes the Reformed Expository Commentary series an exciting development in the commentary world. Rather than 1000-page tomes covering every minutiae, this series focuses upon a clear, theologically-informed, practically-oriented exposition of the biblical text. Technical matters are broached when appropriate without under-cutting readability. Duguid's skill as both a preacher and professor makes this volume eminently profitable for pastors and lay readers."
- Matthew Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff, December 2005
"This exposition of Esther and Ruth is 'a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.' The author gives us a good dose of healing theology in a most relevant manner. From now on I will require my students to read this engaging commentary for their edification and delight."
- Bruce K. Waltke, Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando; Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Regent College.
"An amazing commentary! Rarely does an expositor demonstrate such virtuosity. But Iain Duguid brings it all together: a specialist's knowledge of the Hebrew text and culture, a preacher's eye for theme and structure, a pastor's skill in nuanced application, a theologian's grasp of Christ-centered theology (that would make Geerhardus Vos smile), and a wordsmith's attention to language and lingering metaphor. Duguid's Esther & Ruth will elevate and inspire generations of readers and preachers."
- R. Kent Hughes, Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, IL