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Family Theme

The Book of Ruth Theme of Family Quotes

Family looms large in the Book of Ruth—both biological and otherwise. Naomi loses her biological sons, but gains Ruth as both a companion and daughter. Ruth's romance with Boaz is also based on their family connection, since he has to marry her out of duty to his family tree. Whoa, these folks are one close-knit clan.

Questions About Family

  1. The Book of Ruth is a story all about family ties. Why did this little domestic tale make it in with other biblical stories of epic wars and mighty kings? Does it shed light on those other, grander stories in any way?
  2. Does Boaz want to marry Ruth out of family obligation or is there something else going on? How can you tell?
  3. How are ancient notions about family different from ours today? How are they the same?

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