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The Main Events in the Book of Ruth

Updated on December 16, 2009

The Book of Ruth is the eighth book of the Jewish Scriptures and The Christian Bible. It is found in the Christian Old Testament between the Book of Judges and the Book of 1st Samuel. The theme of the book is personal dedication and self-sacrifice to God and family.

The Main Events in the Book of Ruth

Ruth 1

In the days when judges led Israel, there was a famine. A man from Bethlehem in Judah named Elimelech moved his wife Naomi and their two sons to live in Moab. Elimelech died in Moab. Naomi found two wives for her sons. After 10 years the two sons died as well. Naomi and her daughters-in-law were left as widows. Naomi hears that the Lord provided food in Israel and prepares to return to Judah. Naomi tells her daughters-in-law that they should stay in Moab and find new husbands. One daughter-in-law Orpah kisses Naomi and goes to her parents home; the other Ruth refuses to leave Naomi's side. Ruth makes a vow to go with Naomi wherever she goes and to serve Naomi’s God. Naomi and Ruth travel back to Bethlehem.

Ruth 2

Ruth goes out in the fields to pick leftover grain to provide for mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth accidentally begins to pick grain in the fields of Boaz who is a relative of Naomi's deceased husband Elimelech. Boaz shows favor to Ruth. Naomi praise the Lord for leading Ruth to Boaz's fields.

Ruth 3

Naomi realizes she needs to find Ruth a new home and husband. Naomi recognizes that Boaz is her kinsmen redeemer. Ruth lies at the feet of Boaz on the threshing floor and Boaz praises her for it. Boaz gives Ruth extra grain to take back to Naomi.

Ruth 4

One man stands first in-line to marry Ruth. Boaz met with that man who decided he did not want to marry her. Boaz and Ruth marry and have children. The author of the book of Ruth recounts the genealogy from Perez the son of Boaz and Ruth down to David the future king of Israel.


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      6 years ago from Corona, California

      Yup Chelsea God loves us more than we can imagine.

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      God losves us doesn't he yup he

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      God is good all the time isn't He!! He works in our lifes so well!!!

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      9 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Ecoggins, thank you delineating this remarkable Old Testament book. As brief as it is, it is surprisingly wealthy in examples of sacrifice, faith, patience, love and kindness. It also affirms the care which God takes of all who put their trust in Him.

      Thank you for recognizing this great book!

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      9 years ago

      Nicely Done! I always thought it fascinating that Jesus is a direct descendent from David's bloodline which includes Ruth as well as Rahab!! Thanks for your consistent outlines of the Bible!!


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