Study on The Book of Ruth - Five Ruth Bible Study Lessons Online - FREE

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1 Lesson 1
(Chapter 1:1-13; Naomi's plight, Ruth and Orpah (Moabites) must choose what to do)
2 Lesson 2
(Chapter 1:14-end, 2:1-12; Naomi focuses on her loss, Ruth focuses on the needs of Naomi, Boaz shows kindness to Ruth)
3 Lesson 3
(Chapter 2:13-end, 3:1-9; Ruth assumes a low status, Ruth obeys Naomi's instructions regarding Boaz)
4 Lesson 4
(Chapter 3:10-end, 4:1-6; Ruth continues doing good to Naomi, the nearest kinsman-redeemer declines to marry Ruth)
5 Lesson 5
(Chapter 4:7-end; Ruth gets married, Naomi is blessed through Ruth, Boaz and Ruth become important ancestors)

The Ruth Study consists of FIVE (5) FREE Online Lessons. The Book of Ruth Study includes the following Bible study themes: (To access all of the FREE Ruth Study lessons simply click sign-in to setup your FREE online user account and begin)

Choices: This Ruth Bible study contains examples of basic choices adults must make of whether to benefit self or others.

Honoring Others: The theme of honoring other people, ahead of oneself, carries throughout the book of Ruth and that God honors those who honor Him and His ways. Certain questions focus on doing good for others on behalf of another person, which correlates to doing good to others on behalf of God.

Proper Focus: The example of Naomi in this study shows that we can overly focus on things that go badly for us, sometimes to the point that we lose sight of God and the good he continues to provide.

Risking loss: One of the lessons to learn from the Book of Ruth Bible studies is choosing to be willing to risk loss in following the ways of God. As seen in the story of Ruth and Boaz, God uses obedience to his ways, whether we see it in our lifetime or not.

Book of Ruth Study Background Information:

Ephrathites: were people of the Israelites

Moab/Moabites: founder was Moab who was a son of Lot by incest (Gen. 19:30-38), in the past Moabite women had enticed the Israelites into a form of idolatry that involved ritual sexual immorality (Numbers 25:1-9), Moabite worship of false gods included child sacrifice (2 Kings 3:1-27)

Gleaning: gathering grain leftover in the fields by the harvesters

Sheaves: stalks of grain tied into a bundle by the harvesters. The law provided that some stray stalks and sheaves should be left in the field for the poor and hungry (Deut. 24:9)

Ephah: a little more than a half a bushel

Kinsman-redeemer: A close relative who, by Israelite law, had the first option to buy land being sold by someone in the clan; as a way of keeping it in the clan. It was also their duty to marry the widow of their brother, if he died childless, in order to perpetuate his line. The example of the kinsman-redeemer is one of the major factors of the Ruth study lessons.

Spread the corner of your garment over me: this phrase was an ancient way of asking for marriage

Ruth Bible Study Guide: The Ruth study questions and lessons are organized to serve as a guide for reading and study of the Book of Ruth.

Bible Translation Version: The NIV translation is recommended since the Ruth study lessons reference the NIV. Other Bible translations may be used although some wording variations will occur.

Textbook recommendations: For more insight into biblical interpretation, or better understanding of what we read in the Bible, I highly recommend either of the following: How to Study Your Bible, by Kay Arthur or How to READ the BIBLE for All Its WORTH, by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart.

Repetition: Ancient writers used repetition to communicate their main points whereas today we often state explicitly the main points or use a a bulleted outline format.