Daily Bible Reading for March 4, 2014: Ruth
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Author: Unknown, possibly Samuel
Date Written: Unknown, likely after Israel had taken a king
Context: The book of Ruth takes place during the time of Judges, which, if you remember, was a time of declining morals and ethics among the Israelites. So what is the purpose of such a book? We already have a book that shows the state of Israel during the time of Judges. In Ruth we follow her as she leaves her land to travel with her mother-in-law to Bethlehem, in hopes of finding family. We learn the story of David's roots, and by extent, Jesus. Through Naomi, we see the theme of God taking one from a full life, to an empty life, and returning it to fullness. Even in times of crisis and despair, we can live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.
World History: Ruth is the only book in the Old Testament named after a non-Israelite.