The peaceful story of Ruth is set in the violent times of the Book of Judges. Ruth, a Moabite woman, is married to an Israelite. When he dies, Ruth shows uncommon loyalty to her Israelite mother-in-law and deep devotion to the God of Israel. In the end, she finds a new husband among her former husband's relatives, and through this marriage becomes the great-grandmother of David, Israel's greatest king.
The stories of Judges show the disaster that came when God's people turned away from him. Ruth shows the blessing that came to a foreigner who turned to Israel's God, and so became part of his faithful people.
Outline of Contents
Naomi returns to Bethlehem with Ruth 1.1–22
Ruth meets Boaz 2.1—3.18
Boaz marries Ruth 4.1–22