Introduction to Ruth

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.

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