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O.T. | GEN | EXO | LEV | NUM | DEU | JOS | JDG | RUT | 1SA | 2SA | 1KI | 2KI | 1CH | 2CH | EZR | NEH | EST | JOB | PSA | PRO | ECC
SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
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THE BOOK OF

RUTH

 

Overview:

Considered even by secular scholars to be one of the greatest romantic novellas ever penned, Ruth is named for its central character and subject, whose path from the culture of pagan Moab to the lineage of King David (and David’s progeny, the Messiah) is chronicled in just four short chapters. The book’s structure and composition bear astonishing similarity to that of a modern four act play:

Act 1
describes the historical background
and introduces the problem of Naomi’s deceased children (1:1-21).

Act 2
introduces the possible solution to the problem (1:22-2:23).

Act 3
introduces a dramatic complication to the proposed solution (3:1-8).

Act 4
presents an ingenious resolution to the complication (4:1-17).

The book concludes with a recitation of the genealogy of Israel’s future king, beginning with Judah and ending ten generations later with David (4:18-22). In the Hebrew Scriptures book order, this book is included in the five Megilloth, poetic or wisdom literature read at Pentecost (Ruth), Passover (Song of Songs), Feast of Tabernacles (Ecclesiastes), anniversary of Jerusalem’s fall and/or occasions of mourning (Lamentations), and Purim (Esther).

Authorship:

Anonymous, though some attribute this work to Nathan or to someone who lived during the reigns of King David or his son King Solomon

Composition Date:

Conservative scholars note that this book’s writing style is characteristic of standard biblical Hebrew, which is indicative of an early date for its composition, perhaps during the lifetime of King David (or shortly thereafter during the reign of Solomon) as an apologetic defense of David’s ascension to the throne of ancient Israel.

Messianic Hope:

The Messiah as the Related Redeemer

 

Introduction to the book of Judges taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

RUTH | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
O.T. | GEN | EXO | LEV | NUM | DEU | JOS | JDG | RUT | 1SA | 2SA | 1KI | 2KI | 1CH | 2CH | EZR | NEH | EST | JOB | PSA | PRO | ECC
SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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