First Reading of Ruth: 3, A Widow’s Proposal

Chapter 3 of the book of Ruth dives right into the point.  If you haven’t read chapters 1 & 2, go do that so you can catch up.  They’re very short chapters, and the context is pretty important. Now that Naomi has really experienced her daughter-in-law’s loyalty and been reminded of the kindness and justice … More First Reading of Ruth: 3, A Widow’s Proposal

First Reading of Ruth: 2, Abundance, Respect, & Support

I have been away too long!  My husband got very sick for three solid weeks, and our household has been in chaos.  But let’s get back in where we left off.  Just open your Bible to Ruth chapter 2 and read through it.  It’s quite short.  Come back when you’re there and let’s go through … More First Reading of Ruth: 2, Abundance, Respect, & Support

Reblog from Dr. Michael Heiser: Why You Don’t Learn Much Bible in Church

One of the podcasts I discovered in my study of Leviticus, which is ongoing, was the Naked Bible Podcast with Bible scholar, Dr. Michael Heiser, and his layman assistant, Trey Stricklin. Heiser is one of the many voices I listen to about biblical questions and context, and his actual passion and faith are things I … More Reblog from Dr. Michael Heiser: Why You Don’t Learn Much Bible in Church

From Naomi to Mara: A Perspective on Bitterness

Originally posted on Think Biblically!:
Ruth 1:20 “… Don’t call me Naomi.  Call me Mara, she answered, for the Almighty has made me very bitter.” (HCSB) Bitterness is a funny thing.  Perhaps funny is not the right word, because there really isn’t anything funny about bitterness.  Bitterness is destructive.  Bitterness leads toward rebellion.  Bitterness rips…

First Reading of Ruth: 1, This is What Love Looks Like

As I approached writing a First Reading post on Ruth, I believed it would be easy.  The book of Ruth is very short, tells only one story, and contains nothing that will upset or frustrate the reader.  Unlike literally every other book of the Old Testament before it, Ruth gives us only good examples.  The people … More First Reading of Ruth: 1, This is What Love Looks Like