The Bible – Old Testament
The Book of Ruth is named after the Moabite woman who was joined to the Israelite people by her marriage with the influential Boaz of Bethlehem.
The book contains a beautiful example of filial piety, pleasing to the Hebrews especially because of its connection with King David, and useful both to Hebrews and to Gentiles. Its aim is to demonstrate the divine reward for such piety even when practiced by a stranger. Ruth’s piety (⇒ Ruth 2:11), her spirit of self-sacrifice, and her moral integrity were favored by God with the gift of faith and an illustrious marriage whereby she became the ancestress of David and of Christ. In this, the universality of the messianic salvation is foreshadowed.
In the Greek and Latin canons the Book of Ruth is placed just after Judges, to which it is closely related because of the time of its action, and just before Samuel, for which it is an excellent introduction, since it traces the ancestry of the Davidic dynasty. One might characterize the literary form of this book as dramatic, since about two-thirds of it is in dialogue. Yet there is every indication that, as tradition has always held, it contains true history.
There is no certainty about the author of the book. It was written long after the events had passed (⇒ Ruth 4:7), which took place «in the time of the judges» (⇒ Ruth 1:1).
The Bible – Old Testament Ruth Chapter 1 1 1 Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land; so a man from Bethlehem of Judah departed with his wife and two sons to reside on the plateau of Moab. 2 The man was named Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and his… Seguir leyendo Ruth – Chapter 1
The Bible – Old Testament Ruth Chapter 2 1 Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz, of the clan of her husband Elimelech. 2 1 Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, «Let me go and glean ears of grain in the field of anyone who will allow me that favor.» Naomi said to her, «Go, my… Seguir leyendo Ruth – Chapter 2
The Bible – Old Testament Ruth Chapter 3 1 When she was back with her mother-in-law, Naomi said to her, «My daughter, I must seek a home for you that will please you. 2 Now is not Boaz, with whose servants you were, a relative of ours? This evening he will be winnowing barley at… Seguir leyendo Ruth – Chapter 3
The Bible – Old Testament Ruth Chapter 4 1 1 Boaz went and took a seat at the gate; and when he saw the closer relative of whom he had spoken come along, he called to him by name, «Come and sit beside me!» And he did so. 2 2 Then Boaz picked out ten of the… Seguir leyendo Ruth – Chapter 4