Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 12
by Doug Jacoby
This week's passage comes from the book of Ruth, which is set in the time of the Judges. Through most of this period (1200s-1000s BC) the Israelites struggle to remain faithful to Yahweh, instead frequently adhering to other gods and goddesses, like Ba'al and Asherah. Ruth, a foreigner, puts them to shame. This is a common biblical motif: outsiders get it, while insiders don't.