Commentaries on Ruth

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of Ruth. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Ruth that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.



Top Reviewed Commentaries on Ruth



The Book of Ruth (NICOT) by Robert Hubbard


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “demonstrates careful scholarship, a lively writing style, and balanced judgment…one of the very best in the series”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Ruth, “Robert Hubbard’s commentary on Ruth is a model of how commentaries should be written. It is careful and clear. It manages to deal with both details and the big picture.”

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Ruth, Esther (WVC) by Frederic Bush


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: rated 5 out of 5 stars, “very competent…gives a thorough discussion of all the technical issues”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Ruth, “An extensive, if somewhat technical, commentary on the Book of Ruth, but one well worth consulting.”

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Judges, Ruth (NAC) by Daniel I. Block


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Judges and Ruth

Tremper Longman: rated 5 out of 5 stars, “particularly strong in literary and theological analysis”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Ruth, “helpful on the Book of Ruth…highly recommended”

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Esther and Ruth (REC) by Iain M. Duguid


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Ruth, “Iain Duguid’s commentary is primarily directed toward pastors and teachers, but it will benefit any reader. The commentary is less technical than many others and very practical.”

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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Judges, Ruth (NIVAC) by K. Lawson Younger


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Ruth, “very helpful”

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Ruth (Interpretation) by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, provides “a great deal of insight into both the theological and sociological significance of the book”

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Ruth by J.M. Sasson


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Tremper Longman: scored 4 out of 5 stars, “shows great literary sensitivity”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Judges and Ruth (Preaching the Word) by Barry G. Webb


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Judges and Ruth (Teach the Text) by Kenneth C. Way


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Judges, Ruth (HOTC) by W. Gary Phillips


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Joshua, Judges, Ruth (CBC) by Jason Driesbach


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Ruth (AOTC) by Judy Fentress-Williams


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Ruth by L. Daniel Hawk


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Ruth (THOTC) by James McKeown


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Judges and Ruth (KEL) by Robert B. Chisholm Jr.


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Judges and Ruth (TOTC) by Arthur E. Cundall and Leon Morris


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Ruth by George Schwab (REBC)


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Exegetical Commentaries



Ruth (ZECOT) by Daniel I. Block


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Technical and Critical Commentaries



Ruth by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Tikva Frymer-Kensky (JPS)


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Ruth (OTL) by Kirsten Nielsen


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Ruth by Andre LaCocque (CC)


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Ruth by Jeremy Schipper (Anchor)


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



Ruth by J. Vernon McGee


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