097.2: Ruth, Woman of Valor; OT Lesson 20 (Study Notes)

 “All the City … Doth Know That Thou Art a Virtuous Woman”

The little book of Ruth, one of the masterpieces of Biblical literature, teaches profound and challenging principles. Themes include not overlooking those we consider outsiders and the power of steadfast love to restore that which is lost. This portion of the episode covers:

II. Scholarship

  1. Discussion of the Israelite Redeemer (Go’el), Levirate Marriage, and Nazirites
  2. Historical Context of Ruth

III. Study Notes

  1. Ruth’s questionable behavior on the threshing floor
  2. Working within suboptimal social situations
  3. Parallels to Hannah’s consecration of Samuel

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Class Member Reading: Ruth 1, 2, 3, 4; 1 Samuel 1; 2:1-2, 20-21

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

Amy and Kelsey contribute an engaging discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)


President Monson, My Personal Hall of Fame

President Uchtdorf, Providing in the Lord’s Way

Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational (or the great TED talk)

Malcom Gladwell, Outliers

Nudge (the book about “Libertarian Paternalism”)

Stop the Hunger, with some sobering real time stats

Caring for the Needy, D&C Lesson 38

 Segullah article on the women in Matthew’s genealogy


Thanks to James Estrada for performing some serious post-production magic, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.