Ruth, The Book of

Ruth, The Book of

The eighth book of the OT, a beautifully crafted historical short story about how the loyal behavior of Ruth, a Moabite widow in a Jewish family from Bethlehem, brought back fullness of life to her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi, aided by Naomi’s worthy relative Boaz.


Outline of Contents

Ruth

I. Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:1-22)

A. Ruth is married and widowed (Ruth 1:1-5)

B. Ruth returns with Naomi to Bethlehem (Ruth 1:6-22)

II. Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 2:1-4:22)

A. Ruth gleans in Boaz’s fields (Ruth 2:1-23)

B. Ruth and Boaz at the threshing floor (Ruth 3:1-18)

C. Boaz marries Ruth when her next of kin refuses to marry her (Ruth 4:1-12)

D. A son is born to Ruth and Boaz who will become grandfather of David (Ruth 4:13-22)


Opposite: Sarah, fragment of Gen 16 from the late-fourth-century Cotton Genesis.

Ruth 1:1-22

Elimelech's Family Goes to Moab
1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the ... View more

Ruth 1:1-5

Elimelech's Family Goes to Moab
1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the ... View more

Ruth 1:6-22

Naomi and Her Moabite Daughters-in-Law
6Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab ... View more

Ruth 2:1-4:22

Ruth Meets Boaz
1Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband's side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.2And Ruth the Moabite said ... View more

Ruth 2:1-23

Ruth Meets Boaz
1Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband's side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.2And Ruth the Moabite said ... View more

Ruth 3:1-18

Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor
1Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you.2 ... View more

Ruth 4:1-12

The Marriage of Boaz and Ruth
1No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next-of-kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz ... View more

Ruth 4:13-22

The Genealogy of David
13So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son.14Then the women sai ... View more

Gen 16

The Birth of Ishmael
1Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar,2and Sarai said to Abram, “You see that ... View more

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