The Surprises in Jesus’ Genealogy: Ruth

Now, we reach the midpoint of the five women Matthew includes in Jesus’ ancestry.  The first, Tamar, lived during the period of the patriarchs.  The second, Rahab, in the time when Israel reconquered their land.  The third, Ruth, lived when the judges ruled.  The genealogy mentions her in this way, “Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth” […]

Ruth 1:1-19a: A Faith Within is a Faith Without

“In those days, there was no king in Israel.  Each did whatever looked right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  So reveals the last verse in the book of Judges, before the book of Ruth begins.  Why?  Famine struck the land, and the pangs of hunger controlled too many a man.  Life became chaotic, and […]