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:

Ruth is a prime example of strong& influential women in the Bible. 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.


3 thoughts on “Summary Of Ruth

    1. In the Bible, Ruth and Orpah were two Moabite women who married the two sons of Elimelech and Naomi. After the death of their husbands, Ruth decided to stay with Naomi and follow her Israelite faith, while Orpah chose to return to her own people.

      The Bible does not explicitly state the relationship between Ruth and Orpah. However, some scholars believe that they may have been sisters, while others believe that they were simply close friends. There is no consensus on this matter.

      Ruth’s parents are not mentioned in the Bible. However, it is likely that they were Moabites as well.

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