Thus far Ruth has been a pleasant read as there is no mass killing and raping of women. Yes, the Bible has set the bar extremely low. Chapter 3 begins with Naomi telling Ruth to dress nicely and lay down in Boaz’s bed without him knowing. Yes, because that’s a good idea!
“In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!” – Ruth 3:8
I’m sure this would startle Boaz. Boaz says to Ruth:
“Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.” – Ruth 3:12-13
This is getting a bit weird and sounding a bit like an incestual B-rated porn movie.
And that’s it for this chapter. Boaz did not sleep with Ruth during this encounter, which is a huge change from the story of Samson. Samson would have raped her again, passed her around to his buddies to be gang-raped, and then killed her. Again, the Bible has set a very low bar to morality.
Coming Soon: Ruth – Chapter 4: Boaz Marries Ruth
The first chapter in the book of Ruth introduced us to Ruth and explained a bit of the back story. The chapter begins with Ruth gathering grain from one of the fields owned by Boaz.
“So Boaz said to Ruth, ‘My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.’” – Ruth 2:8-9
This is a nice gesture on the part of Boaz. Much different than the route Samson would have taken. Samson would have taken her right there in the field and raped her. The chapter continues, describing the details of how Ruth gathered up grain.
“’The Lord bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.’” – Ruth 2:20
Naomi is referring to Boaz.
“So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.” – Ruth 2:23
That concludes Ruth 2. Not much to report. It is a very pleasant surprise to see a woman treated with respect in the Bible. Granted, the bar is very low. Don’t kill a woman or rape her and you are already doing better than most of the stories in the Bible.
Coming Soon: Ruth – Chapter 3: Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor
For the fourth week in a row I’m pulling a verse from the story of Samson for Tuesday’s Crazy Bible Verse. That’s how crazy the story of Samson is! It warrants four, possibly more, weeks of crazy Bible verses to it.
“So he told her everything. ‘No razor has ever been used on my head’ he said, ‘because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.’” – Judges 16:17
There are a couple of crazy things to discuss here. First of all, Samson’s strength is defined by his hair? Are you kidding me? What a load of anti-science!!! Cutting someone’s hair makes them physically weak? Ugh.
Second, let’s say for a second this is true and Samson truly does lose his strength when he loses his hair. Why the hell then does he share this with Delilah. The verses before this clearly show Delilah is going to run straight away to the people and reveal Samson’s secret. He knows this!!! Yet tells her anyway and ends up dead as a result. Sigh.
Don’t blame Samson, however. He’s only as smart as the supposed god that created him.
The book of Judges was disgusting. Horrible. Crazy. The book of Ruth can’t be as bad, right? Let’s find out.
“At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her (Naomi).” – Ruth 1:14
Ruth is the daughter-in-law to Naomi. The verse preceding this one tell the story of Naomi losing her husband and sons, one of who was Ruth’s husband. Naomi wants her two daughters-in-law to return to the Israelites, but Ruth is hesitant.
“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. 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.’” – Ruth 1:16-17
This is very un-Jesus like of Ruth. Granted, this is before the time of the supposed Jesus in the Bible, but Christianity teaches people to love God first, family second. I commend Ruth for choosing family first.
“So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.” – Ruth 1:22
And that concludes the first chapter of Ruth. Not too much to report. This is more background information than anything else. This chapter is FAR better in kindness than any chapter in Judges, that’s for sure!
Coming Soon: Ruth – Chapter 2: Ruth Meets Boaz in the Grain Field
This Sunday I want to share with you another Atheist themed podcast that is a MUST listen to. It’s called Unbuckling the Bible Belt and is hosted by Sharon Bush, Kate Ashcraft, Joe Kindic, and Adam Phuzen. I’m not sure where Sharon Bush is from, but the others are from the Kentucky/Tennessee area, so in the Bible Belt part of the U.S. This is another in a long line of excellent podcasts from people in heavily religious areas of the U.S.
The Unbuckling the Bible Belt podcast spends a lot of time discussing religious news stories that either border on or are indeed very ridiculous. I don’t know how else to describe this podcast, but it’s a good one! Check it out!
After having recently finished going through the chapters of Judges, it’s now time to move on to the next book, Ruth. Ruth is a short book, comprising of only four chapters. The book focuses on Ruth, a female character who leads the Israelites as their next judge. I will admit that it is good to see a female leading the Israelites. A female judge led the Israelites for the first time for a short while in Judges, but Ruth is the first to play a more prominent role in the Bible.
The book of Ruth is attributed to Samuel, but as with most books of the Bible, no one has a clue as to who the actual author is. Why Christian scholars attribute a book to an author when there is no evidence supporting that claim is beyond me. Then again, why 2.2 billion people in the world self-identify as Christians when there is no evidence to support the Bible is also beyond me.
I’m finished discussing each chapter of Judges. Phew! Wow was that a HORRIBLE chapter. The basic theme of Judges was that of judges leading the Israelites. Whenever there is a judge, the Israelites experience good times. When there isn’t a judge, the Israelites experience bad times. Even when there are judges the Israelites do horrible things under the guidance of God. Thousands and thousands of people were killed for unjustified reasons. Women were raped and killed. Thousands of women and children were killed. Cities were burned to the ground.
Then there’s the story of Samson which is freaking ridiculous. Samson forces a woman to marry him and later has her raped and killed under the authority of God. Samson does some crazy shit with lions and foxes, including digging out a beehive in the carcass of a lion he tore apart. Yes, that is a real story in the Bible! And then Samson falls because his second wife cuts his hair. Yes, somehow we are supposed to believe God gave Samson strength through his hair.
Unbelievable! But you know how it goes. God works in mysterious ways. Or the mortal men writing the Bible hate women and were super high off some type of crazy ass weed! You choose. 🙂