Bible Book Club - Ruth                                  

We hope you enjoyed reading Mark’s Gospel during December and January and managed to find someone to chat to about any discoveries you made.  One of the Bible Study groups has suggested our next book to read – this will be the short Old Testament book of Ruth.

The story of Ruth focuses on the story of three people: Naomi, a widow from Bethlehem in Judah; Ruth, the daughter-in-law who comes from Moab; and Boaz, a land-owning farmer from Bethlehem. This well-known story tells of Ruth’s dedication to Naomi in following her mother-in-law back to her home and taking care of her. It ends with her marriage to Boaz and her giving birth to one of King David’s ancestors.  No-one knows anything about the author.

Some thoughts to consider:

  • Some think that names are important in this story: Naomi means 'pleasant' (which she plays on in 1.20 because Mara, the name she takes instead, means 'bitter'); Ruth means 'companion'; Elimelech 'my God is king'; Mahlon 'sickly'; Boaz 'strong redeemer'
  • How do you think you should read Ruth? As an inspiring story about love and relationship? As a gritty narrative about survival? As a political statement about how we treat foreigners?
  • Were there any parts of the book that you disliked or that troubled you...
  • …or any parts that you particularly liked or that inspired you?

We will read Ruth in February and March.

Further information is available at Ruth - Bible Society , or contact Liz Roberts for printed resources (07876 196505 or
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Prayer for use during Corona virus crisis                                                                           

 Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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