This lovely story should be read in connection with the first half of Judges, as it presents a picture of life in Israel at that time.
Typically, the book may be taken as a foreview of the church (Ruth), as the Gentile bride of Christ, the Bethlehemite who is able to redeem. Ruth also gives a normal Christian experience:
- Ruth deciding, 1
- Ruth serving, 2.
- Ruth resting, 3.
- Ruth rewarded, 4.
The events recorded in Ruth cover a period of 10 years (Ussher)