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The book of Ruth has sometimes been regarded as a mere appendix to Judges or even as an actual part of that book, a detached story similar to that of the migration of Dan or the war against Benjamin.

The story of Ruth is represented as happening during the period of the judges, and has a direct historical bearing in that it tells of the ancestors of King David. The authorship is wholly unknown. Probably the work was composed in the days after the Exile.

From a literary standpoint the book is highly valued. It is a pastoral idyll, almost a poem, depicting the life of the Israelites in their days of peace.

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For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls. For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.
Ruth 1

Ruth Chapter 1
Elimelech and his sons die in the land of Moab. Naomi returns home. Orpah stays behind, but Ruth goes with Naomi. They come to Bethlehem.
Ruth Chapter 2
Ruth gleans in the field of Boaz. The kindness of Boaz to Ruth. Ruth returns to her mother-in-law.
Ruth Chapter 3
The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. Ruth's return to her mother-in-law.
Ruth Chapter 4
The kinsman refuses to redeem Ruth's inheritance. Boaz marries. Birth of Obed.

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