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The Book of Ruth

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Purpose of The Book of Ruth:
Through a wonderful story of redemption, the book of Ruth served to establish the legitimacy of David’s kingship despite his foreign ancestress.

Major Characters of The Book of Ruth:
Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz.

Summary of The Book of Ruth:
The book of Ruth is a story of romance, redemption, and loyalty. The story begins with the character Naomi who has lost her husband and two sons, leaving her destitute in a foreign land. The suffering is overwhelming as she turns bitter and angry against God. Nevertheless, Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in-law, forgoes the safety and provision of her own extended family and pledges her allegiance to Naomi. As they struggle to survive, Ruth is discovered by Boaz, a relative of Naomi, who falls in love with Ruth. Boaz acquires the right to become her husband and delivers Ruth and Naomi from their plight. The book concludes with a genealogy that demonstrates that King David, and eventually Jesus, descends from the foreigner Ruth.

The book of Ruth tells the story of God’s faithfulness to his people in a specific case, as a Moabite woman becomes part of his story of redemption.

Author and Dates of The Book of Ruth:
The book of Ruth records events during the time of the Judges (pre-1020). It was probably written either at an early or late stage in David’s reign. The book supported David against those who insinuated that David was not a fully loyal and qualified Israelite king because of his foreign ancestry.

Outline of The Book of Ruth:

  1. Naomi’s Bitterness (ch. 1).
  2. Ruth Discovers Potential Redeemer (ch. 2).
  3. Boaz agrees to be Redeemer (ch. 3).
  4. Boaz Acquires Right to be Redeemer (ch. 4:1-12).
  5. Naomi’s Blessing (ch. 4:13-17).
  6. Ruth's Genealogy (ch. 4:18-21).

Themes of The Book of Ruth:
Loyalty – The power of loyalty in relationships is dramatically portrayed.
Redemption – The salvation and deliverance of individuals who cannot save themselves.
Providence – God’s direction of people’s lives despite the difficult times.
Transformation – From bitterness and disappointment to faith and contentment

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