The Agora
Bible Commentary

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Time: c 1100 BC.

Summary: The book of Ruth is dated during the latter part of the period of the Judges, and shows that in a time of national decline and immorality, God preserved a remnant that could serve as the seed for a future revival. This would be accomplished through Ruth's descendant, David, from whom the Messiah would come. Ruth is one of four women listed in the genealogy of Christ in Mat 1, and one of two women to have Bible books named after them.

Key verse: "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will me by people and your God my God" (Rth 1:16).

* Ruth's noble choice: Rth 1:1-22
a) Naomi's family dies: Rth 1:1-5
b) Naomi returns from Moab: Rth 1:6-22

* Ruth's faithful service: Rth 2:1-23
Ruth and Boaz meet in the harvest

* Ruth's virtuous appeal: Rth 3:1-18
Ruth goes to Boaz at the threshing floor

* Ruth's blessed reward: Rth 4:1-22
a) Boaz arranges to marry Ruth: Rth 4:1-12
b) Naomi is blessed with a new family: Rth 4:13-22


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