Ruth

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This page is a collection of all my articles relating to the Book of Ruth and its Targum. For quicker reference, please see the sub-menus above for my short commentary on the Book of Ruth, thematic collections of my articles, and the Targum of Ruth.

What does the Book of Ruth teach us?

“…the book of Ruth, an idle, bungling story, foolishly told, nobody knows by whom about a strolling country girl creeping slily to bed to her cousin Boaz. Pretty stuff indeed to be called the word of God! It is, however, one of the best books in the Bible, for it is free from murder and rapine.” -Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason Part II (London, 1795), p. 23. “This scroll tells us nothing of cleanliness […]

Lenten Devotional: No turning back.

Ruth 1.15 So [Naomi] said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said,“Do not press me to leave youor to turn back from following you!Where you go, I will go;Where you lodge, I will lodge;your people shall be my people,and your God my God.17 Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried.May the LORD do thus and so to me,and […]