Robert D. Holmstedt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, where he teaches ancient Hebrew and Northwest Semitic languages.
"An up-to-date resource valuable for intermediate students.
Holmstedt provides a strong focus on the connection between syntax
and nuance of meaning." --Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, William
Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament, Princeton
Holmstedt's volume is a mine of information and insight... certainly a book that will repay investment. -- D. W. Rooke -- Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
This commentary on Ruth from the Hebrew text (phrase by phrase) is written with the awareness that Ruth or/and Jonah are usually the first Hebrew texts learners of biblical Hebrew read. Pages 1-50 summarize relevant aspects of Hebrew grammar, semantics, and pragmatics (how syntactic and semantic options are manipulated) that the student should be familiar with. Linguistic features show no clear needbased borrowing from Aramaic, so one thinks of the early Persian period as the time of writing. Holmstedt is attentive to nuances. For example, "due to the famine in Israel, someone from the town named 'House of Bread' [Bethlehem] had to leave to find provision as an alien in a foreign land" (p. 55). The comments in places explain the use of accents and the grammatical changes they induce in words/phrases.In short, the author has given students a valuable step-by-step introduction to reading the text of the Hebrew Bible. -- James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp -- Bible Today, 2010
This volume will benefit both students and scholars with an in-depth discussion of Hebrew grammar and syntax as well as some lexicography and etymology of obscure words. Overall, Holmstedt provides students of Biblical Hebrew with a technical, but accessible study of the text of the book of Ruth. -- Adam J. Howell -- Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies