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The Access Bible New Revised Standard Bible, written and edited with first-time Bible readers in mind.

Reading Guide

Because of its brevity, the book of Ruth is easily read in its entirety, allowing readers the luxury of reading it multiple times. After understanding the story's basic plot, the reader can subsequently ask: Are the characters portrayed as models of perfect behavior or are they complex personalities? What are their motives? How does the strong focus on women fit with the book's “happy ending” of the birth of a male? How often is God mentioned in this book and in what contexts?

  • 1 The problem: famine, death and childlessness

  • 2 Ruth temporarily provides for Naomi and herself

  • 3 Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz work toward more permanent arrangements

  • 4 Resolution: Ruth and Boaz marry and a child is born

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