A Multi-Layered Reading of Ruth 1:1-5

First off, the book of Ruth presents itself as the solution to Judges’s problem. The book of Judges sums itself up in its final sentence: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Turn the page, and Ruth 1:1, we find ourselves in same world: “In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land.” However, in verse 2 we are introduced to a man named “Elimelech”, which translates “God is King.”

Shock and Awe II: Scripture in the Buff

Perhaps the most shocking four words a person can utter are these: “I believe the Bible.”  No caveats.  No exceptions.  No qualifications.  When you say this to a non-Christian, it is shocking to them in our progressively enlightened 21st century that any of our tribe still exist.  When you say this to a Christian, theyContinue reading “Shock and Awe II: Scripture in the Buff”