Ruth – Part 3: The Setting
This installment in our series brings us up to the end of Ruth chapter 1. In verses 16-18, Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi sets the course for the rest of her life and the rest of the narrative. She makes the choice to leave behind her home, her culture, her gods, and all family relations except her mother-in-law. In verses 19-22, Naomi and Ruth arrive back in Bethlehem Judah, and the stage is set for their desperate circumstances to take a dramatic turn for the better.