The Book of Ruth | Bible Introduction and Summary of Ruth


The peaceful story of Ruth is set in the violent times of the Book of Judges. Ruth, a Moabite woman, is married to an Israelite. When he dies, Ruth shows uncommon loyalty to her Israelite mother-in-law and deep devotion to the God of Israel. In the end, she finds a new husband among her former husband’s relatives, and through this marriage becomes the great-grandmother of David, Israel’s greatest king.The stories of Judges show the disaster that came when God’s people turned away from him. Ruth shows the blessing that came to a foreigner who turned to Israel’s God, and so became part of his faithful people.

Outline of Contents

  • Naomi returns to Bethlehem with Ruth 1.1–22
  • Ruth meets Boaz 2.1—3.18
  • Boaz marries Ruth 4.1–22
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