The story of Ruth's survival consists of loss and recovery, famine and harvest, bareness and fruitfulness, life and death. These elements afford the book a broad appeal as it speaks to various stages and sections of life, all the while upholding the power of faithfulness against an ever-changing backdrop. Named after one of the major characters, the book of Ruth tells the story of Naomi of Bethlehem and her family"In the days when Judges ruled."
The Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries provide compact, critical commentaries on the books of the Old Testament for the use of students and pastors. The commentaries are also useful for upper-level college or university students and for those responsible for teaching in congregational settings. In addition to providing basic information and insights into the Old Testament writings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful interpretation, to assist students of the Old Testament in coming to an informed and critical engagement with the biblical texts themselves.