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3.3.2 The promise of Redemption 3:6-13
3.3.3 The generosity of Boaz and patience 3:14-18
Redemption through marriage for Ruth and Naomi, hope born and joy
4.4.1 Boaz speaks to the nearest kinsman 4:1-6
4.4.2 Boaz legally becomes the kinsman redeemer 4:7-12
4.4.3 Hope is born, joy returned to Naomi 4:13-17
4.4.4 The lineage of David explained 4:18-22
From Judah to Moab and the Great Emptiness
1. From Judah to Moab and the Great Emptiness (1:1-18)
The story of Ruth begins with the family from Bethlehem of Judah. The land was going
through a major famine which forced this family to travel to a foreign land. This story is
a beautiful romance that shows how faithful and loving God is. How he demonstrates his
grace and redemption for his people. This story provides models for community life and
a paradigm for Godley "women making their way in a man's world."
Naomi's travel with family and the emptiness begins (1:1-5)
The book of Ruth takes place during the Judges, somewhere around 1200 to
1020 B.C. The author reminds the people of Israel's apostasy, moral degradation and
oppression. The land was experiencing a great famine which was "probably God's acting
7 Eugene F. Roop, Believers Church Bible Commentary Ruth, Jonah, Esther (Nashville, TN: Broadman &
Holman Publishers, 2004), 16.
8 Ibid., 27....
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