Summary Of Ruth

book of Ruth

An outline or brief summary of the book of Ruth – book number 8 in the Old Testament bible.

Extracted with permission from TheBibleBrief book on Amazon


Thought to be written in the monarchic period, around 100B.C.


Generally ascribed to the Prophet Samuel.

People & Places:

Ruth; Naomi; Boaz

Bethlehem; Moab


May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” (Ch.2:12)

The neighbour women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Ch.4:17)

The Messianic Link:

Ruth is the great grandmother of King David (The line of Jesse) from whom Jesus comes

Jesus is typified in Boaz the kinsman redeemer

Ruth Summary:

This is a short book of only 4 chapters that encompasses the aspect of redemption and love. Ruth and Orpah are widowed when their husbands die; after which Naomi (their mother-in-law) takes Ruth along with her back to Bethlehem.

She is then taken care of by Boaz who eventually marries her and she bears him a son called Obed, whom her mother-in-law, Naomi, helps to take care of.

Ruth is one of 5 women mentioned in the geneology of Jesus as written in Matthew 1: 1-6 the others being Tamar, Rahab, Bathsheba and Jesus mother Mary.

Notes & Quotes:

This is a book that encompasses the grim times during the period of Judges. It is a light in the midst of darkness in some way, and particularly poignant to Christians as Ruth becomes the great grandmother of King David.

Here we have a book of love and loyalty, shown in the loyalty of Ruth towards Naomi and the love of Boaz towards Ruth. Boaz is a righteous man who ‘does the right thing’ by marrying Ruth and consequently brings her into the lineage of Christ, thereby fulfilling the plans of God.


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