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Introduction to Ruth

Structural Outline

  1. I. Naomi's Bitterness and Emptiness (Ruth 1:1-22)
    1. A. Naomi in Moab Without Husband or Sons (Ruth 1:1-5)
    2. B. Naomi and Daughters-in-law Set Out (Ruth 1:6-7)
    3. C. Daughters-in-law Make Choices (Ruth 1:8-18)
    4. D. Naomi and Ruth Travel Toward Bethlehem (Ruth 1:19)
    5. E. Naomi With Ruth in Bethlehem Without Husbands (Ruth 1:19-22)
  2. II. Ruth Discovers Her Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 2:1-23)
    1. A. Ruth Goes From Home to Work in the Field (Ruth 2:1-3)
    2. B. Boaz Inquires of His Men About Ruth (Ruth 2:4-7)
    3. C. Boaz Gives Protection and Blessing to Ruth (Ruth 2:8-14)
    4. D. Boaz Instructs His Men About Ruth (Ruth 2:15-16)
    5. E. Ruth Returns Home From Working in the Field (Ruth 2:17-23)
  3. III. Boaz Promises Ruth a Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 3:1-18)
    1. A. Ruth Goes From Home to the Threshing Floor (Ruth 3:1-6)
    2. B. Ruth Meets Boaz at the Threshing Floor (Ruth 3:7)
    3. C. Ruth Requests a Kinsman-Redeemer and Boaz Commits (Ruth 3:8-13)
    4. D. Ruth Receives a Gift From Boaz (Ruth 3:14-15)
    5. E. Ruth Returns Home From the Threshing Floor (Ruth 3:16-18)
  4. IV. Boaz Becomes Ruth's Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 4:1-12)
    1. A. Boaz Clears the Way to Become Ruth's Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 4:1-8)
    2. B. Boaz Publicly Announces His Commitment to Ruth (Ruth 4:9-10)
    3. C. Boaz Is Blessed as Ruth's Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 4:11-12)
  5. V. Naomi's Blessing (Ruth 4:13-17)
    1. A. Boaz and Ruth Have a Son (Ruth 4:13)
    2. B. Naomi Blessed by the Son (Ruth 4:14-17)
    3. C. Boaz and Ruth Name the Son (Ruth 4:17)
  6. VI. Genealogical Appendix (Ruth 4:18-22)

References

  • *** IIIM Recommended Commentary
  • Where applicable, the original language studies are being done using BibleWorks and the extensive Bible Notes from other authors come from Logos Bible Software.
  • Richard Pratt, General Editor. Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 2003.
  • *** Block, D. I. (1999). Vol. 6: Judges, Ruth. The New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
  • *** Bush, F. W. (1998). Vol. 9: Ruth, Esther. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word, Incorporated.
  • Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon. (2005). Targum Ruth. Hebrew Union College.
  • Cundall, A. E., & Morris, L. (1968). Vol. 7: Judges and Ruth: An Introduction and commentary. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Dray, S. Focus on the Bible: Judges and Ruth (electronic ed.).
  • *** Duguid, Iain M. (2005). Esther & Ruth. Reformed Expository Commentary. P&R Publishing.
  • Eskenazi, T. C., & Frymer-Kensky, T. (2011). The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth (First edition). JPS Tanakh Commentary. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society.
  • Fleenor, R., & Ziese, M. S. (2008). Judges-Ruth. The College Press NIV Commentary. Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company.
  • Gingrich, R. E. (2006). The Books of Judges & Ruth. Memphis, TN: Riverside Printing.
  • *** Hubbard, Jr., Robert L. (1989). The Book of Ruth. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
  • Lange, J. P., Schaff, P., Cassel, P., & Steenstra, P. H. (2008). A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Ruth. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
  • Larkin, K. J. A. (2000). Ruth and Esther. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.
  • Sakenfeld, K. D. (1999). Ruth. Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville, KY: John Knox Press.
  • Waard, J. d., & Nida, E. A. (1991). A Translator's Handbook on the Book of Ruth (2nd ed.). UBS Handbook Series. New York: United Bible Societies.
  • *** Younger, K. L., Jr. (2002). Judges and Ruth. The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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