The jewish publication societys highly acclaimed bible commentary series provides a critical linebyline commentary of the biblical text, which is presented in its original hebrew, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks, as well as the jps english translation. Commentary on the book of ruth by matthew henry old. Summary of the book of ruth the story of the bible. The book of ruth contains one of the bibles bestknown and mostloved stories. The story of ruth offers vital lessons to every generation and has enjoyed nearly universal acceptance by biblical scholars and critics throughout the centuries. Best commentaries and books on ruth logos bible software. On the surface, it is the story of a young virtuous maiden who leaves her family and her nation to cast her lot with a people and religion that she has not previously known. And a certain man of bethlehem, judah, went to dwell in the country of moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The book of ruth deals more with real life in ancient israel and not necessarily the warfare in the previous book, although the events actually took place during the period of the judges ruth 1. Our story opens on a nice jewish family with a problem. Ruth 1 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on the. An easyenglish bible version and commentary 1200 word vocabulary on the book of ruth.
To help your study time, each chapter has the main point extracted from the text. To you who listen on the radio, you are sharing with us the services of the first baptist church in dallas. Ruth abernethys memoir reflects on her career in bronze so far. The introduction is almost half of the book, and it gives the reader a background on different scholarly approaches to the bible. This was a country not far from israel on the east side of the dead sea. Ruth 4 is the fourth and the last chapter of the book of ruth in the hebrew bible or the old testament of the christian bible, part of the ketuvim writings. F25 the book of ruth is so written that one naturally anticipates that the narrative will subsequently reveal some special reward from jehovah for this most remarkable. Naomi said, we are forbidden to worship any strange god. The book of ruth also teaches us some important truths about the bearing of children.
The book of ruth follows the book of judges in our bibles because its setting was in that time period. The book of ruth provides details about part of the genealogy of king david and of the christ who is called the son of david refer to matthew 1. The book of ruth, which appears in the third section of the hebrew bible, ktuvim, writings, is a beautiful folktale written in four short chapters. I look through the book and realize the number of projects that would have been priced. Buy book of ruth new international commentary on the old testament 2nd revised edition by robert l. There, they set up shop, eat some food, and live for about ten years. The english texts pen drawings depict objects, plants and. Obviously, the author was familiar with israels greatest king. The hebrew text, fully illuminated, takes its inspiration from biblical responsa, commentary, and folklore. T he book of ruth contains an interesting story about a moabite woman who was redeemed into a hebrew family. Afflictions will make great and surprising changes in a little time. Because of a famine in israel, a hebrew family moved to moab. This was a time when the people of israel had abandoned gods ways and fallen into idolatry, horrific social conditions, and a disastrous civil war, as told in the chapters of judges immediately preceding the book of.
Ruth, book ofcommentaries, commentaries old testament. Ruth is one of the five heroines of the order of the eastern star. The book of ruth lesson 1 ruth entrusts her life to naomi. The book of ruth is a beautiful story, and probably one you may have heard in sunday school as a child. A free bible version and commentary on the book of ruth in easyenglish.
Ruth 1 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. This was a time when the people of israel had abandoned gods ways and fallen into idolatry, horrific social conditions, and a disastrous civil war, as told in the chapters of judges immediately preceding the book of ruth in christian bibles. The commentary gives the major views of the different passages, as well as the authors perspective when she feels that she has unique insight. Her purity of thought, noble behavior and charming character gain her the role of the progenitor of a royal dynasty. Ruth chapter 1 coffmans commentary of the new testament. Lots elder daughter named her son moab hebrew meabi, meaning from my father.
It was the person of david, who gave reasons for the writing of ruth, but the promise of the coming of the messiah is written all over these pages. An easyenglish bible version and commentary 2800 word vocabulary on the book of ruth. And with all that background out of the way, with noami and ruth in bethlehem, with boaz as a kinsman of elimelech, ruth decides its time to get out of the house and help provide for herself and her motherinlaw. During this dark time in israels history, god was seeking a bride and reaping. Ruth was a gentile not of the judeanisraeli descent but from another ethnic group, her background was a nation otherthan israel and she married a descendant. Book of ruth new international commentary on the old testament. The date that the book was written is not given, and there is no mention as. While we admire the creativity of our god to reveal himself through a variety of means. The translated bible text has been through advanced checking. The sons marry two local girls, ruth and orpah, during this time. It is a groundless tradition of the jews that ruth was the daughter of eglon king of moab, yet the chaldee paraphrast inserts it. Ruth 1 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the church of christ, presents a verse level look at the bible. Book of ruth, old testament book belonging to the third section of the biblical canon, known as the ketuvim, or writings. Naomi said, we have four sorts of deaths for malefactors, stoning, burning, strangling, and slaying with the sword.
However, the book of ruth is more than the story of a destitute moabite. Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. Enduring word bible commentary of the whole bible with. Best commentary available on ruth this book is a thorough but readable study of the book of ruth. Ruth bible story summary what christians want to know. It was the person of david, who gave reasons for the writing of ruth, but the promise of the coming of the messiah is. A word list at the end explains words with a star by them. When providence had made her poor, she cheerfully stoops to her lot. Doing what is right in your own eyes is never a good thing in the bible. A selection of the best commentaries and bible study resources on the book of ruth.
In the hebrew bible, ruth stands with the song of solomon, lamentations, ecclesiastes, and esther. Designing to return to bethlehem, she addresses her daughters in law, ver. Hebrew has a word for it 1, hebrew has a word for it 2, ruth is from moab but boaz is from bethlehem, chance or providence. It celebrates the loyalty and reward of a young moabite widow ruth who chooses to follow her israelite motherinlaw naomi back to bethlehem after naomi was bereaved of her own husband and two sons. The genealogy at the end of the book shows davids lineage through the days of the judges, acting as a support for his rightful kingship. The book of ruth, verse by verse commentary, robert nguyen cramer. The book of ruth is a harvest story as well as a love story. Thanks to notable authors such as john macgowan and andrew thomson, classic commentaries and studies on ruth 12 vols. The book illustrates the lords faithfulness to those who love him like naomi and ruth. It also shows that god had mercy on the gentiles, like ruth, even during old testament times. Ruth was played by elana eden in henry kosters the story of ruth 1960. You can find the best commentary on ruth for you using the tools on the right side. We may view this book as a beautiful, because natural representation of human life.
Ruth 4 is the fourth and the last chapter of the book of ruth in the hebrew bible or the old. Indeed, if there be a contrast, as it appears to me, complete and welldefined in this part of scripture, it is between the real and proper appendix of the book of judges judges 1721 and this book of ruth, which man and tradition tell us once made another supplement. Well, said ruth, whatever thy people keep i will keep, for they shall be my people. The book may have been written by samuel and was probably penned during the time of david. May god, by his grace, fit us for all such changes, especially the great change. Ruth 1 commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole. Levenspoort arch of life, with a quote from ruth 4.
The great significance of it is that, ruth does not say elohiym god as foreigners do, but yahweh jehovah, indicating that ruth is the follower of the true god. Additionally, the main point is then organized in an easy to follow outline that flows through the bible text. Of course in the old testament days this latter truth was still hidden. It is unlikely that it was written before the time of david cp. The story begins with a famine in the days when the judges ruled ruth 1. Biblical accounts of the area, dating from the middle bronze age onward, mention kingdoms such as gilead in the north, moab in central jordan. These two issues are addressed in the book of ruth. The enduring word bible commentary is structured by each book of the bible. It is that collective commentary which, in my view, is what connects theatre. Book of ruth overview insight for living ministries. The book of ruth tells a touching story of the love and devotion of an ancestor of david and jesus christ. It pays close attention to the details of the text, including issues of language and cultural background, yet its also strong on theological matters, which wont be true of many commentaries on ruth.
Ruth abernathy putting the finishing touches on a bronze. Ruth free bible commentary in easy english easyenglish bible. I do not get the feeling that she is like tamar before her, who saw the importance of bearing a child to preserve the name of her husband and the messianic line. This commentary has been through advanced checking. The book of ruth new international commentary on the old. Matthew henry 18 october 1662 22 june 1714 was an english commentator on the bible, who published his works in 1706, sixvolume exposition of the old and new testaments 17081710 or complete commentary, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the bible, covering the whole of the old testament, and the gospels and acts in the new testament. Free bible commentary on book of ruth in easy english. Ruth and her husbands mother came to bethlehem while the farmers were cutting barley. The meaning of be famous seems to be, get yourself a name which shall be celebrated in bethlehem, as the. Revelation 2 commentary the seven messages bible gateway. If read with no knowledge of the final genealogical implications, then ruth could be read as a drama but with no real lasting satisfaction. Famine has hit bethlehem, which forces elimelech and his wife, naomi, to move east to moab with their two sons to get some grub. On the one hand, the book of ruth exposes naomis selfcentered obsession with child bearing. The final words of the book link ruth with her greatgrandson, david ruth 4.1100 352 574 854 997 593 1473 1028 43 860 679 216 1259 618 133 1341 1362 15 623 1003 17 434 159 1449 1276 1164 76 364 1321 1192 637 243 1092 68 1216 1290 467 994 1271 980 166 861 1026 896 1423 80 946 350 770