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The Message of Ruth

The Wings of Refuge

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by David J. Atkinson

The Message of Ruth
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  • Published: February 22, 1985
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-8985-3
  • Item Code: 8985

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


General preface

Author's preface

chief abbreviations


I The Tears
1. Going away - 1:1-7
2. Coming home - 1:8-22

II The wings of refuge
3. Grace and gratitude - 2:1-13
4. A place in the family - 2:14-23

III The kinsman-redeemer
5. The levir and the goel
6. Faith active in love - 3:1-18

IV 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'


David J. Atkinson is honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, and formerly Suffragan Bishop of Thetford in the Diocese of Norwich. He is also the author of the volumes on Genesis 1-11, Ruth, Job, and Proverbs in The Bible Speaks Today series of commentaries.