Daniel I. Block


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Series: New American Commentary
Categories: Judges Ruth
Tags: Pastoral

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4.8 out of 5 based on 15 user ratings
R. Hansen September 24, 2008 5 5
This commentary certainly deserves its place atop most lists of commentaries for Judges. For the serious student it is highly recommended. That is not to say it is hard to understand or overly technical. The commentary does an excellent job at keeping all technical and scholarly notes in the notes, keeping the commentary itself very readable. Block does a great job at showing why he is choosing to interpret the text the way he does and how each passage fits into the larger themes of the author. I would add, however, that I do not recommend that this be the only commentary you use on Judges. I have found that among even the evangelical commentaries on Judges there is a very wide spectrum on how we should view the character of the judges. Are they heroes or anti-heroes? Are they role-models that we should follow in their faith and devotion to God or are they just as often compromised idol-worshipers whom God just happened to use. Block is much further towards the second of these options. Indeed, I would say too far. Though many of his arguments are convincing, I just as often found myself wondering if he missed the point of the author or went too far in seeing the bad in a character. Are we really to see Gideon as disobedient because he called in help from Ephriam after he had put his enemies to flight? Are we really supposed to conclude that Monoah (Samson's father) is presented as comical, restless, impotent, insecure, jealous, resentful, obtuse, dim-witted, ignorant, and unbelieving? The list could go on. It is hard to see how the writer of Hebrews could see any acts of faith in these judges if Block is completely right. This would not be my first choice in a commentary on Judges. The pastor and beginning student just looking to understand or teach on Judges will be better served by Davis and Wilcox. Block does not have a much help for the pastor (not necessarily a drawback considering the commentary is already quite long). But for the student studying Judges more in depth, Block is a must.
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008 5 5
Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008 4.5 5
Derek Thomas September 17, 2008 5 5
Brian LeStourgeon July 29, 2008 5 5
Block is a good commentary writer. This volume is great on Judges and is good on Ruth. He takes a literary view of the material without denying the essential historicity of the events described.
With the book of Judges, I really need two first place "ribbons." For those looking for something more in-depth on the book of Judges, the commentary by Daniel Block in the NAC series is the place to start. It is, by far, the best intermediate-advanced level commentary on the book. If you can only afford one commentary on the Book of Judges, sell something you don't need and get Block to consult along with Davis. Highly recommended. [Full Review]
PastorJustin July 7, 2008 5 5
Christ-centered exposition!
Evangelical, thorough, and detailed exegesis. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 4 5
Evangelical, thorough, and detailed exegesis. [Full Review]
Evangelical, thorough, and detailed exegesis. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 5 5
Evangelical, thorough, and detailed exegesis. [Full Review]
Tremper Longman, III May 20, 2008 5 5

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