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* The book of Ruth gives a glimpse into the life of an Israelite family during the period of the judges. The family later became very important to Israel, because one of Ruth's great-grandchildren was King David.

*In addition to Ruth, the other main character in the book is Naomi, who lived in Bethlehem with her husband and two sons. But the crops failed, and the family moved to the country of Moab. Naomi's husband died, and her sons married Moabite woman. Ruth was one of those woman.

*After Naomi's two sons died in Moab, she decided to return to Bethlehem. Naomi told her two daughters-in-law to stay in Moab and find new husands. But Ruth refused to stay and instead went to Bethlehem with her. The rest of the book tells how Ruth married a rich relative named Boaz.

*According to the law, Moabites were not allowed to become Israelites. But this book tells how Ruth became completely loyal and faithful to the Lord and was allowed to join the people of Israel. She told Naomi, "I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God. I will die where you die and be buried beside you. May the Lord punish me if we are ever separated even by death." Ruth 1:16


Listen Download Introduction to the Book of Ruth
Listen Download Chapter 1. Elimelech's family goes to Moab. Naomi return's with Ruth to Bethlehem-Judah.
Listen Download Chapter 2. The accidental meeting of Ruth with Boaz.
Listen Download Chapter 3. Naomi's Stratagem. Naomi discloses to Ruth a stratagem which she has devised to stimulate Boaz to decision and action concerning his privaleges and duties as "redeemer" of her late husband's house. Ruth's redemption assured.
Listen Download Chapter 4. Boaz redeems Ruth. Descendants of Boaz and Ruth. The story comes to its climax in Ruth's marriage of her kinsman. On this marriage and what it implied the real message of the book depends.

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Note: Chapter descriptions are taken from "The Inspirational Study Bible", Max Lucado, General Editor, World Publishing, 1995, and the Abingdon Bible Commentary, Abingdon Press, 1929.

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