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One of the best ways to examine a study Bible is to see if it answers the questions you yourself are asking about the Bible. What questions do you have about the Bible? Go ahead, ask your questions, and then see what study Bible does the best job of answering them.
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Ruth Wrap-Up (Ruth #8)
When I started the series of posts on the book of Ruth, I was setting out to address a number of questions that arise while reading Ruth. Let’s take a look at the questions that remain to be answered.

What was going on with Ruth uncovering Boaz’s feet and lying down (3:4, 7-14)?
According to the study notes, the idea was to make Boaz’s feet cold so that he would wake up.
3:4 Ruth was to uncover Boaz’s feet to ensure that he would waken.

Why did Boaz go to the town gate (4:1) to settle this business? Why did he call for "ten leaders from the town ... to sit as witnesses" (4:2)?
The study note on Ruth 4:1 addresses this question:
4:1 Most legal transactions, including property transfers, were carried out at the town gate.

What was the sandal transfer custom (4:7-8) all about?
Here is the study note on Ruth 4:7:
4:7 in those days: The book of Ruth was not written immediately after these events. By the time Ruth was written, most people had forgotten this custom of removing a sandal and what it meant. The transfer of a sandal symbolized transferring a right of purchase to redeem the land. See also Deut 25:9 for a similar (but not identical) custom in relation to levirate marriage; in both cases, the sandal apparently signified the right of redemption.

Why was the birth of Obed, Boaz’s and Ruth’s son, a source of blessing and redemption for Naomi?
4:14 This child replaced the family Naomi had lost when her own two sons died in Moab. The women of the town recognized that this child completed the circle of redemption for Naomi.

4:15 care for you in your old age (literally cause your old age to be full): With the birth of Obed, Naomi’s life was full again (cp. 1:21).

Why did Naomi nurse the baby as her own?
We don’t address this question in the notes of the NLT Study Bible. Naomi was adopting Obed as her own son, to be the heir of Elimelech’s estate.

Why does Ruth end with a genealogy? Kind of a strange way to end the story, isn’t it?
4:18-22 The book of Ruth ends with a genealogy of ten generations, from Perez, the son of Judah (Jacob’s son), to David, the grandson of Obed. Besides being one of the world’s great stories, this tale concerns the family history of David, Israel’s greatest king. That Ruth and Boaz were ancestors of Israel’s greatest king is a major reason for the inclusion of this small book in the OT.

Yes, it's a beautiful story, but what meaning does it have for me?
The “Meaning and Message” section in the book introduction addresses this question:
God usually works in the ordinary events of everyday life. Miracles do happen, but God regularly accomplishes his purposes and blesses his people through routine occurrences. If we learn faithfulness in the everyday, we are equipped to be faithful when crises come.

Ruth contains at least nine spoken blessings. God’s people have the privilege of blessing each other in God’s name. We often help fulfill those blessings, as Naomi and Boaz fulfilled the blessings they gave to Ruth.

Naomi felt abandoned by God; but God had not abandoned Naomi, and by the end of the book Naomi knew that God had restored more to her than she could have dreamed. God is trustworthy in our darkest hours.

Faith in God involves willingness to take risks. The unnamed family redeemer who wanted to preserve his good name through his own heirs lost an opportunity to be generously faithful. Boaz, by contrast, took the risk of faithfulness and generosity, and he was richly rewarded.

The everyday and the ordinary can have breathtaking eternal results. Ruth’s and Boaz’s daily faithfulness in the unremarkable rhythms of farming, marriage, childbirth, and parenthood resulted in eternal blessings that still multiply through King David and his descendant Jesus Christ.
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Press Release - Blog Reviews
Here is a press release published today about the NLT Study Bible. -SAH

NLT Study Bible Getting Rave Reviews in the Blogosphere

Free 30-Day Trial of Online Edition Helps Build Anticipation for September 15 Release

Carol Stream, IL — As the NLT Study Bible makes its debut in stores across the nation, influential bloggers are offering their initial impressions of the NLT Study Bible. Bloggers are playing a significant role in raising awareness of this groundbreaking new tool for serious Bible study. Numerous key bloggers received an early copy from the Tyndale team, while others accessed it online via a free 30-day trial of the NLT Study Bible Online Edition (

This first-of-its-kind internet-oriented approach to introducing a new study Bible is fitting for the NLT Study Bible. It is the first study Bible to release simultaneously not only in a print version, but in a fully searchable online version, and also in three major electronic Bible formats: WordSearch, Laridian’s PocketBible, and Logos. Enclosed in each Bible package is a card that provides the purchaser with a unique user code for access to online version of the NLT Study Bible. The online version is fully searchable and includes the complete text of the NLT, the study notes, and the other NLT Study Bible features.

Sean Harrison, general editor of the NLT Study Bible, hosts the NLT Study Bible blog ( where he offers an “inside scoop” on the development process. He also addresses questions submitted online and discusses how the NLT Study Bible differs from other study Bibles. “After spending seven years with a team of 48 scholars and editors creating the NLT Study Bible, it is exciting to begin to interact with users who are exploring it,” said Harrison.

Tyndale’s NLT blog team includes Mark D. Taylor, Doug Knox, Tremper Longman, Keith Williams, Laura Bartlett, and Kevin O’Brien. They blog about the NLT at, and also enter into discussions about the NLT Study Bible elsewhere around the blogosphere.

Following are quotes from the comments recently posted on various blogs regarding the NLT Study Bible:

“The quality of the scholarly team that has produced the translation and the features is superb. I was quite pleased to see how many world-class scholars lent their gifts and knowledge to this effort. Just as impressive is the broad and diverse denominational background of the team, ensuring there is no particular bias. The notes on the text are excellent. I was immediately impressed that these notes were full of useful information, not overcrowded with trivia. The notes are, as claimed, highly tuned to the ‘so what?’ test. And, most impressive of anything else in the NLTSB, the literary quality and readability of the notes is A++.”
-Michael Spencer,

“The person profiles in the middle of the pages offer a wonderful glimpse into the people who are the actors on this stage we call the Bible.”
-Gary Zimmerli,

“One thing that impresses me about the NLTSB is its up-to-date biblical scholarship . . . The feature of Hebrew and Greek word studies is an invaluable feature, especially to those preparing bible studies and for pastors preparing sermons.”
-Kevin Sam,

“I was impressed with these study notes. They were thoughtful, clear and ample.”
-Ray VanNest,

“I have found the notes to be surprisingly relevant to the text. I say ‘surprisingly’ because in other Study Bibles it seems that a rather large percentage of notes seem to be more filler than helpful. The notes in this Bible have been more consistently helpful to me personally.”
-Stan McCullars, Just After Sunrise

“Some study Bibles end up wasting print space explaining what the translation means . . . With the New Living Translation being easy to understand, the study notes don’t need to paraphrase the translation.”

“There is a ‘Further Reading’ section in each introductory article. I was both surprised and delighted to see such a wide range of selections . . . This demonstrates a confidence in the editors of the NLTSB that readers can make their own informed decisions in regard to the biblical writings. Frankly, such openness is both surprising and refreshing . . . I believe current trends point to the NLT continuing to gain momentum which may eventually lead to its place as the most used Evangelical translation in a number of years.” ”
-Rick Mansfield,

“Let us remember the basic goal of the NLT SB: to give the ‘meaning and message of the text as understood in and through the original historical context.’ Does it in fact do this? I think it absolutely does.”
-Bryan Lilly,

“It’s refreshing to read about a study Bible that is not focused on specific doctrinal systems, topical subject matter, but simply provides foundational context for more intelligent growth in any of those areas if a reader so chooses.”
-E.S. Edwards,

“I need to note first that this is an evangelical study Bible and I am not an evangelical. The basic combination of scholarship involved and the quality text of the NLT make this a useful Bible whether you are evangelical or not. “
-Henry Neufeld,

“I felt that the study notes for [the NLT and ESV Study Bibles] were good but the depth and style of the notes seemed to roughly parallel the translation approach of each. The NLTSB notes are more dynamic and written in a clear, natural style (giving the sense). The ESVSB notes are more formal with a more academic tone (essentially literal). ”
-Douglas Mangum,

Never before have study Bible users experienced this kind of access to the scholars and editors who have created the study Bible, and Tyndale is pleased to be setting a new standard of availability and transparency. “We’re looking forward to having this online discussion increase over the coming weeks and months, as more and more people get their hands on a copy of the NLT Study Bible,” said Harrison.

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. Tyndale House has now grown into one of the premier publishing houses in the industry. Tyndale products include numerous New York Times bestsellers, including the popular “Left Behind” series. Tyndale also publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, and many other resources for church and family. Tyndale House Publishers is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.
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