097.1: Ruth, Woman of Valor; OT Lesson 20 (Core)

 “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:

  • Themes of Ruth
  • What we learn from each character
    • Hannah
    • Naomi
    • Ruth
  • Caring for outsiders and marginalized
  • Families of choice and covenant

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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.

Latest Comments

  1. Ramona Gordy says:

    Hi Jared
    Thank you for your time and effort on this podcast.I recently listened to Mormon Matters, the podcast on Who was/is Jesus. Loved it. My question is “Have you considered that Ruth 1 is Ruth’s conversion story and also as you suggested in John 20, it is also Mary Magdalene’s conversion also. I am the Gospel Doctrine teacher and I am finding these patterns throughout every lesson so far.
    It is a challenge to study and teach the Old Testament, I have had some “in your face” encounters with this gospel, that really cause me to rethink all I have been taught in the past, even to the point of approaching each lesson with a small amount of skepticism. I think this is healthy because it seems to help me improve my studies. Thank you.


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