Zondervan Academic have sent along this for a looksee-
The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament serves pastors and teachers by providing them with a careful analysis and interpretation of the biblical text, rooted in a study of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament and intended to track the flow of the argument in each book and passage.
The layout of the commentary isn’t the standard fare. Instead, each pericope is titled, it’s ‘scenes’ are subdivided, the main idea of the passage is offered, the literary context is described, the structure and literary form are shown, extensive flow charts of the sentences and phrases are displayed (think sentence diagram charts), and then, finally, the text is ‘explained’. Useful informational boxes and sidebars along with charts and graphs festoon the work, some of them resembling computer scroll boxes (I know not why).
After the text is treated, our author generates what he describes as ‘A Dramatic Reading of the Book of Ruth’. This snippet includes a suggested stage arrangement along with the script of a play with various narrators and actors. The work concludes with a Scripture Index, a subject Index, and an author Index.
I dislike the volume immensely. I dislike its girth. It attempts too much and delivers too little. It rambles on and on endlessly in such a way that one feels as though one has visited Grandma and she’s talked about 15 disparate topics in an hour and you still have no idea what the point of it all was. The Book of Ruth is tiny. It shouldn’t take anyone 200 pages to explain it to modern readers of the Bible.
It’s too busy. It’s too crowded. The graphs and their little tiny arrows virtually gouge into the reader’s eyes and by the time a single chapter of the volume has been worked through the reader will be begging those little tiny arrows to bolt from the page and plunge themselves into and through one’s own eyes so that the misery of experiencing the volume is terminated.
There are so many excellent commentaries on Ruth. Go buy one of them. This isn’t one. It isn’t even worth borrowing from the library. it is infuriating and annoying and spite producing. I literally hated it like I’ve not hated a book in a very long time.
Avoid this book like the plague it is.