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X Exegetical Commentary of Ruth Fi..
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The book of Ruth is one of two books named after women. It is also one
of only two books named after a Gentile, Luke being the other. Ruth is a
young woman of Moab. Moab was a group of people whose ancestry
came from one of Lot's daughters who had children by their father after
getting him drunk. They were known as idolatress nation. The book was
set in a time of the Judges (Ruth 1:1). This period of time was considered
a dark period of Israel's history. "Joshua had been followed by periods of
spiritual declension with but brief periods of revival." The author of this
book is unknown but because Ruth was the great-grandmother of David
(Ruth 4:17, Mat. 1:5).
The Jewish people were going through "Israel's unfaithfulness and
disloyalty to the ways of Yahweh had mushroomed." They were going
through periods of "chaos and turbulence." The people were going
through a famine (Ruth 1:1).
There were three main characters: Ruth a Moabite, Naomi a Hebrew who
was her widowed mother-in-law, Boaz a Hebrew farmer who was wealthy.
There are no villains in this book. The other characters all mentioned by
1 John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck. The Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament. (Colorado Springs,
CO: David C. Cook, 1985), 415.
2 Victor Hamilton, Handbook on the Historical Books Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles,
Ezra-Nehemiah, Esther, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2001), 187.
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