3. How does Naomi attempt to secure Ruth’s future (vv. 1-4)? What motivates Naomi (v. 1)? Why is her plan for Ruth so risky? How could Boaz have interpreted Ruth’s actions (see Genesis 19:30-38; Numbers 25:1-5; Hosea 9:1)? What does his response demonstrate about his character (and Ruth’s)? How does this narrative defy expectation?
4. What common cause do Boaz and Ruth have in pursuing marriage (vv. 9-10; cf. 2:20)? How would their marriage bless her entire extended family? Why is Boaz’ gift to Ruth significant (v. 15)? What does it symbolize (see v. 17)? How does this gift demonstrate that Boaz is concerned not simply with Ruth, but with Naomi, and her family line?
5. Why is Ruth’s request (v. 9) so shocking? How does it go against what we’d expect to happen (see v. 4)? Why is Boaz’ response so surprising (vv. 10-12)?
6. What plot twist does Boaz introduce at the end of the chapter (vv. 12-13)? As readers, what question are we asking at the close of this act in the story?