The Message of Ruth: The Wings of Refuge

The Message of Ruth: The Wings of Refuge

by David J. Atkinson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877842941
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 02/22/1985
Series: The Bible Speaks Today Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Atkinson is retired as assistant bishop in Southwark Diocese. Previously, he served as fellow of Corpus Christi College in Oxford, England, archdeacon of Lewisham and bishop of Thetford. He is the author of several other books and commentaries.

Table of Contents

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'

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