The Message of Ruth: The Wings of Refuge

Overview

The book of Ruth is a tale of charm and delight. Goethe called it "the loveliest complete work on a small scale, handed down to us as an ethical treatise and an idyll." Another writes, "No poet in the world has written a more beautiful short story."

The book tells about very ordinary people facing very ordinary events. We meet Naomi, who underwent hardship in famine and bereavement but eventually won peace and security. We meet Ruth, a young foreign woman from Moab who attached ...

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Overview

The book of Ruth is a tale of charm and delight. Goethe called it "the loveliest complete work on a small scale, handed down to us as an ethical treatise and an idyll." Another writes, "No poet in the world has written a more beautiful short story."

The book tells about very ordinary people facing very ordinary events. We meet Naomi, who underwent hardship in famine and bereavement but eventually won peace and security. We meet Ruth, a young foreign woman from Moab who attached herself to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and to Naomi's God. And we meet Boaz, who by marrying Ruth fitted into God's purpose's for history. Both King David and Jesus are numbered among their descendants.

Theologically the story of is a story about God's providence. This David Atkinson demonstrates clearly in his passage-by-passage exposition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877842941
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/1985
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Atkinson is assistant curate of The Cathedral Church of St. Andrew, Aberdeen, and former fellow and chaplain of Corpus Christi College in Oxford, England. He is the author of several other books and commentaries.
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Table of Contents

General preface
Author's preface chief abbreviations
IntroductionI The Tears
1. Going away - 1:1-7
2. Coming home - 1:8-22II The wings of refuge
3. Grace and gratitude - 2:1-13
4. A place in the family - 2:14-23III The kinsman-redeemer
5. The levir and the goel
6. Faith active in love - 3:1-18IV The redemption and the joy
7. Love beyond law - 4:1-12
8. We have a history - 4:13-22
'The Lord be with you'
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