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Bible People - Ruth and Naomi
Clothes and Houses
Ruth - one of the top nine heroines of the Bible. Who were the others? Can you suggest a 10th?
What were families like in ancient Israel? How were they different?
Bible Map: see the great distance these two women travelled
The Levirate Law: what was it? how did it change Ruth's life?
Meditation: Helping Each Other Through Life: lessons from the story of Ruth and Naomi
Meditation: Trust God: When You Don't Know Where Life Is Going
Women: Ruth and Naomi:
People in the Bible
for individuals or groups
Women in films
List your favorite films about family relationships. You can choose recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, it's better to choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
Have you chosen films that are realistic, showing the nitty-gritty of
family life, or do you prefer films that are inspiring/uplifting?
3: Choose your favorite
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Individual activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; make a quick list of your favorites; read through the Stage 3 questions, and think about them while you do other tasks in your day.
Debate: An arranged marriage or a marriage for love?
Topic: 'that arranged marriages have a better chance of success than marriages for love’. The debate can be as formal (with a panel of judges and an audience) or informal (around the kitchen table) as you wish.
In Defense of a Good Woman
The story of Ruth is set in the period of the Judges before the birth of King David, when the Jewish tribes were battling for survival.
But it was almost certainly written much later, after the exile in Babylon, when the Jewish people had returned to Jerusalem an were trying to re-establish their identity. At that time the leaders of the people decreed that
The Book of Ruth is a protest against these new laws. It describes a foreign woman (Ruth) who was not only a loyal member of a Jewish family, but an ancestress of King David, the great national hero of the Jewish people.
Focus Questions for the story of Ruth
What interests you most about the story?
by step guide to mediations on the story of Ruth and Naomi at
Helping Each Other Through Life
Paintings of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz
Read the story at BIBLE PEOPLE: RUTH
Go to the link at the bottom of the painting at right. Scroll through the paintings from first to last.
Which part of the story of Ruth has been the most popular with artists?
Would this have been your choice?
Artists paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your reasoning.
If you have chosen something different, ask yourself why this other incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists. Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
Acting the Part
Extra Websites in the left column of this page have background information and ideas.