The book of Ruth is the Narrative of a love story, yet also has some important Genealogy. Peter Leithart, “When Gentile Meets Jew: A Christian Reading of Ruth and the Hebrew Scriptures,” Touchstone, May 2009, 20–24. Also, Naomi and the people of Bethlehem saw that Boaz was a good match for Ruth and encouraged her to him. Senior Scheduler


Ruth shared the same grief and loneliness that Naomi was facing and this led her to accompany Naomi and return with her to Bethlehem. 3:10). In your opinion, should that hesitation remain, or would you recommend reconsidering?
The simple love story is a key to understanding the plan of God for love, and marriage as revealed in the scripture.

Ruth certainly fits a typological pattern, but this has to be rightly appropriated through the textual, epochal, and canonical horizons (so Lints, Fabric of Theology), and this is not claiming that Leithart does not contribute helpful observations of the book of Ruth, but much more textual work and labor needs to be demonstrated instead of just making seemingly clever remarks and postulating inherent confusion (according to Leithart, Ruth is both antitype to Tamara and part of the typological pattern of Tamara [see two paragraphs above Boaz as Prototype in his article] – of which I say, what?).

Naomi was a widow but still she had family connections. Justun Chan

As he provides food for the hungry, and permanent land for Elimelech’s widow, he plays the part of Moses and Joshua.

Reversing the inverted exodus at the beginning of Ruth, Boaz leads Ruth, and through her Naomi, out of the wasteland into a land of barley, wheat, and wine. These things exist the way ruts in a road exist–they are a well traveled way, not unfrequently because of being the best way, the way that has safely guided generations of travelers past hidden dangers, some remembered, some forgotten. Yes there are the dangers of Enlightenment/rationalism/modernism, I concur, but the Reformers focus on the sensus literalis is where we need to go and stay. In Biblical Hermeneutics

A classic case of destroying the village in order to save it.

When The nation would begin to fall away from God’s desire for them, He would send a judge to put them back on course.

At least a quarter of the female population of the whole nation would have been ceremonially unclean (and prohibited from participation) every single year, Lev.15:19 w/ Nu.9:10; cf.2Chr.30 and the extraordinary concerns addressed there. To say that Jesus is the Son of David​ seems to give us only a skeletal royal Christology, but once we see that the figure of David is elaborated by overt or implicit typological links with earlier figures, we begin to put flesh on the bones.

But none of these perlocutions are ever divorced from the illocution, just as the Thirty Years’ War was never divorced from 3 Catholics getting tossed into a pile of manure. Chilion- son of Elimelech and Naomi And there is more truth to this presentation than falsehood. However, they begged to be able to go with her. I am, for this reason, newly sympathetic to the Alexandrine school, since I think I now understand what their real reason was for opposing (to the extreme) the Antiochenes. Some key themes and events include Naomi and her family moving to Moab to escape a severe famine in Israel. Jesus is the Last Adam, the last of a series of increasingly complex Adam figures, and as such He embodies, and surpasses, them all. This is after the Joshua’s conquest of God‘s promised land, and before the nation demanded a king. As Ruth usually did, she had to do gleaning in order to survive and she ended up gleaning in a field belonging to Boaz. Clearly this form of allegory, though not the same as typology, is derived via textual warrant and not the result of clever adeptness to spin an impressive interpretation on Paul’s part; he appeals to Scripture and expects his readers to follow the connection he draws. It shows the difference between what happens when a nation does not follow in obedience to the covenant of God (Judges), and when God’s people follow in faithfulness within the covenant (Ruth).

It seems to me that this technique is employed pretty often throughout the scriptures – as well as throughout all the eras of Christian history – and seems to be one means by which the Holy Spirit opens up and deepens our understanding of God. 1:1-2 – Family Background

The timeline of this book is intertwined during the period of the Judges. Thanks for your time and your work in championing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is not the “second Adam,” as if history skipped from Eden to Golgotha without anything intervening.