RUTH

GENERAL FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK OF RUTH

Ruth is a short book of only 4 chapters. The book gets its name from the main character of the book, Ruth from Moab. We do not know who wrote the book. In contrast to the moral decay and constant war recorded in Judges, the Book of Ruth is a beautiful story of love and faith. The story of Ruth takes place at the time when the judges ruled in Israel.

THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK

We could say that the Book of Ruth has at least three purposes: 1) The first purpose is to trace the ancestry of David to the Moabitess, Ruth. (Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David.) 2) The second purpose is to give us an example of unselfishness and devotion in the person of Ruth. 3) A third purpose is to show that the true religion belongs to the people of all nations. (As a Moabitess, Ruth was a non-Jewish believer.)

AN OUTLINE FOR THE BOOK OF RUTH:

  1. Ruth Comes To Bethlehem (1)
  2. Ruth Meets Boaz (2)
  3. Ruth’s Appeal To Boaz (3)
  4. The Marriage of Ruth and Boaz (4)

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