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The Book of Ruth
- Ruth was a young woman of Moab, David's great-grandmother, and an ancestress of Jesus (Matthew 1:1,5).
- The book of Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges - a time of spiritual and moral decline in Israel.
- Ruth is a story of the private lives of an Israelite family. It is a story of light during a dark era.
- Redemption is a key theme throughout the book.
- Ruth's unselfish devotion to Naomi.
- Boaz's kindness to two widows (Ruth and Naomi).
- Selfless acts of Ruth and Boaz.
- Naomi's transformation from emptiness to fullness.
- A love that could only reflect God's love.
- According to Jewish tradition, Samuel wrote the book of Ruth.
- It was most likely written during the period of the monarcy, possibly during Solomon's regin (the Golden Age).
Note: The material for this introduction was adapted from the NIV Study Bible, New International Version, Zondervan, (Introduction to Ruth, pp. 360-361).
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