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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Ruth 1–4

THEME

God’s care for outsiders

SETTING

1250–1050 BCE In the Kingdoms of Moab and Judah.

KEY FIGURES

Naomi Jewish woman whose husband and sons have perished abroad.

Ruth The foreign daughter-in-law of Naomi who converts to Judaism.

Boaz Relation of Naomi’s husband who becomes Ruth’s second husband.

In the Old Testament, the story of Ruth and Naomi appears between the stories of the judges—military as well as judicial leaders—and the establishment of the monarchy through the prophet Samuel. Neatly divided into scenes that build to a climax, the book resembles a play, suggesting a single author intent on showing God’s ...

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