RUTH, BOOK OF - cbm11.orgThe Book of Ruth, which is poetically idyllic in character, although the narrative is in the form of prose, contains an episode from the period of the Judges. For this reason it is placed in the Septuagint after the Book of Judges; and this order is followed in the Vulgate and in the English translations. In the Hebrew Bible, however, Ruth is found in the "Ketubim," or third part of the canon, where it stands next after the Song of Solomon, being the second of the Five Megillot. This position, as will be noted more fully below, probably accords better with the date of the book; for it was written so long after the date of which its story treats that many of the customs to which it refers had become antiquated. The book takes its name from one of its characters, who, with her mother-in-law, Naomi, shares the honor of being its heroine.
Book of Ruth
The book tells of Ruth accepting the God of the Israelites as her God and the Israelite people as her own. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me. The Book of Ruth also functions liturgically, as it is read during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot "Weeks".
Introduction to the Book of Ruth
The Book of Ruth is short. Really, really short. It only has 4 chapters, which means that it fits on two pages in a full-sized Bible.
Classified as one of the "Writings" Ketuvim , the book tells the story of a Moabite woman, Ruth, who faithfully follows her mother-in-law back to the territory of the Tribe of Judah after her husband's death. She adopts the Israelite tradition of marrying her deceased husband's kinsman and eventually becomes the foremother of King David. Ruth is one of the shortest books in both Jewish and Christian scripture, consisting of only four chapters. Some traditions hold it to have been written by the prophet Samuel eleventh century B. Modern scholars generally fall into one of two camps: that it was originally part of the Book of Judges and written shortly after the time of King David in the tenth century B.
Ruth was a Moabite woman, whose sense of piety and devotion to her mother-in-law Naomi led to her marriage to the prominent Boaz of Bethlehem in Judah. The Book shows that God's love is open to both Christian and Gentile, as he blessed the Moabite woman who chose the Lord for her God , and placed her life under his wing Ruth and the lineage of King David in the last lines of the book are repeated in the genealogy of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. King James I commissioned a group of Biblical scholars in to establish an authoritative translation of the Bible from the ancient languages and other translations at the time, and the work was completed in The original King James Bible included the Apocrypha but in a separate section.