Book Review: Judges for You by Timothy Keller

Back in March I reviewed Galatians For You, a companion book to this series, and I would encourage you to read that review along with this one as my thoughts on the style of the study and its effective  use remain the same. I was encouraged to see that the notes regarding how to use the book have been changed slightly to reflect the fact that these books are, at their core, a bible study.

The book of Judges is a powerful book in any time, but seems highly relevant to the times and culture in which we live. Keller draws the connections between the events of Judges and our current time clearly and with faithfulness to the text. He emphasizes that the hero of the book – and indeed the entire bible – is God, and writes the study as a cohesive picture of God’s active  work of redemption, rather than a series of “heroic tales.”

Tim Keller and I are both members of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and I think it is fair to say that on several issues within our denomination I find myself differing with Tim Keller’s stance. Having said that, I enjoyed this study and the study on Galatians immensely – more so than some of the published works upon which his reputation is based.  I feared that the commentary on Judges 4 (Deborah and Barak) would be a point of contention, but was pleased to find that not to be the case.

My Jonathan will be co-teaching a men’s bible study on Judges this fall and they will be using this study as a resource. I think they will find it beneficial, and I would be happy to recommend it to others for personal or small group study.

I received no compensation for this post. I was provided a hardback edition for the purpose of review. I was not required to provide a positive one. I keep a disclosure statement here.

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