Ruth: An Exegetical Study

Ruth: An Exegetical Study

Taught by Daniel I. Block

The Ruth course provides a careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament book of Ruth, quickly allowing learners to grasp the big idea of each passage and how it fits in the larger context.

Course Details

  • 8 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 8.5 hours of video

  • Advanced

  • Ruth

12 Month Access
$199.99 USD

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Course Description

The Ruth course brings to light the universal scope of God's sovereignty and mercy. With careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text, professor and scholar Daniel Block traces the flow of argument in the book of Ruth, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.

Ruth is widely recognized as a superlative literary achievement of ancient Israel. With its sensitive portrayal of women in crisis, its admiration for a righteous man, and its profound theology of providence, it offers learners of every age a window into life in the ancient Near East, inspiration for good and godly living, and reason to wonder at the common roots of Israel's royal and messianic hope.

Bridging the historical and theological gap, the Ruth course explains how David, the most important character in the Hebrew Bible, could emerge from the spiritual and ethical morass of the premonarchic period and accounts for the Moabite blood in this king's veins. Each unit surveys the main idea of a passage, its literary context, an explanation of the text, and its canonical and practical significance for us today.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • Familiarity with the overarching structural drama and literary flow of the Old Testament book of Ruth
  • A deeper understanding of Ruth and its application for Christians today
  • Insight into the passage-by-passage meaning of the book of Ruth
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Daniel I. Block

Ph.D., University of Liverpool

Daniel I. Block is the Gunther H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He is the author of several books and numerous essays and has written commentaries on Deuteronomy, Judges, Ruth, and Ezekiel.

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • Ruth 1:1-5

  • Ruth 1:6-22

  • Ruth 2:1-23

  • Ruth 3:1-18

  • Ruth 4: 1-17

  • Ruth 4:18-22




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