The Book of Ruth by Jane HamiltonI am really surprised by all of the negative reviews of this book. I think it is so strange that the characters are discounted as white trash, their story thus, uninteresting or too dreary. While the story is by no means a happy one it is highly engrossing and worth telling. Hamiltons narrator Ruth is by turns despairing and joyful of life and Hamiltons writing manages to be lyrical and poetic, blunt and simple at the same time. I personally like to connect with other people, to imagine what it would be like to live in their skin, to know what forces shaped them into being who they are. This includes white trash. The story is very realistic and you come away feeling like you have read truths, if not about fictional characters then real people somewhere out there who are experiencing very similar lives. If you are the type of person who is only happy reading stories that end happily-ever-after then steer clear of this book. But if you are like me and can also find beauty and meaning in even the most tragic tales then I highly recommend it.
Book Of Ruth - Summary
Book of Ruth
Bethlehem Judah is on the outskirts of Jerusalem. So you have people from the land of Israel going to the land of Moab. Imagine being witness to our Father's destruction of an entire kingdom, such as Sodom. Lot was Abrahams nephew. Genesis 12 ,. He was perfect in his generations to the 8th day man Adam man formed to till the soil - Genesis 2.
Want to understand Ruth? Then, just look at where she's coming from. The Book of Ruth takes place in two different ancient locations. The main stage—Bethlehem—is where most of the action goes down. But, Ruth's hometown of Moab also provides some super important background to our heroine and her struggles.
Famine has hit Bethlehem, which forces Elimelech and his wife, Naomi, to move east to Moab with their two sons to get some grub. The sons marry two local girls, Ruth and Orpah, during this time. This leaves Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah man-less and in need of help.
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Where It All Goes Down
Sign in. A famine has destroyed the farm of Elimelech of Bethlehem, driving him and his wife Naomi to the land of Moab.
Sign in. Inspired by the scriptural tale. Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem. Inspired by the tale from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Bible, the Moabitess child Ruth is sold to the temple of Chemosh.
The book tells of Ruth accepting the God of the Israelites as her God and the Israelite people as her own. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me. The Book of Ruth also functions liturgically, as it is read during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot "Weeks". The book is structured in four chapters: . Elimelech died, and the sons married two Moabite women: Mahlon married Ruth and Chilion married Orpah.