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  • Concordia Commentary - Ruth

Concordia Commentary - Ruth

Article number: 156039
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by John R. Wilch

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The most complex legal situation in the Bible, writes Dr. Wilch, comes in Ruth. A historical short story, Ruth presents theological truths not in abstract propositions or beatitudes, but in the narrative form of Naomi and Ruth’s struggle to ensure their own protection and inheritance. Dr. Wilch focuses on these formal themes while also exposing the nuances of the Hebrew in this original translation. Though a human driven narrative, Ruth is always providentially oriented. God provides for Ruth and Naomi throughout, and Ruth itself serves as a Messianic genealogy of sorts. The Davidic line comes through, of all people, the foreigner Ruth. In Ruth then, we find Christ, both as the direct descendant of Ruth and as the fulfilment of all Scriptures.


  • Dedicated sections on the Relevance of Ruth today, including teaching on prayer, fidelity, love, sexuality, and more.
  • An address on the textual history of Ruth and its place in the cannon
  • A Narrative overview of Ruth and the legal context

Additional Essays

  • Motifs of Redemption, Storytelling, Piety, and the Hidden God
  • Opposition and Defense of David in Ruth