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Mobile Ed: OT319 Book Study: Ruth (8 hour course)

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Set in the dark days of the judges, the book of Ruth tells the story of a family in crisis that experienced and extended the grace and kindness of God. Dr. Daniel I. Block brings to life the cast of characters in this narrative as he moves through each chapter, artfully bringing together exegesis and application. Through this course you will explore key themes of living out godliness and righteousness, covenant commitment, and what it means to respond to the greatest commandments through loving and blessing God and your neighbors. You will discover that this book is not only about God saving one particular family but also about his salvation of all of humanity through the provision of the Messiah.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Prolegomena to Ruth

  • The Title of the Book
  • Date and Authorship: Part 1
  • Date and Authorship: Part 2
  • Genre and Intention: Part 1
  • Genre and Intention: Part 2
  • Interpreting the Book of Ruth: Part 1
  • Interpreting the Book of Ruth: Part 2
  • Speech Act Theory
  • Literary Style and Structure
  • Links to Other Biblical Texts: Part 1
  • Links to Other Biblical Texts: Part 2
  • Where Ruth Falls in the Canon
  • The Theology of Ruth: Part 1
  • The Theology of Ruth: Part 2
  • The Theology of Ruth: Part 3

Unit 2: Act 1, Chapter 1

  • Setting the Stage (1:1–2)
  • The Nature of Naomi’s Emptying (1:3–5)
  • Naomi’s Response to the Crisis (1:6–19b)
  • Naomi's Action (1:19c–22)
  • Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law: Part 1 (1:8–10)
  • Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law: Part 2 (1:11–14)
  • Ruth’s Commitment (1:15–19b)
  • Naomi's Bitterness (1:19b–20): Part 1
  • Naomi’s Bitterness (1:21–22): Part 2
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?: Part 1
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?: Part 2

Unit 3: Act 2, Chapter 2

  • Introduction to Boaz (2:1–2)
  • Is There Such a Thing as Chance?
  • Ruth’s Good Luck (2:3)
  • The Problem of Being a Moabite
  • The Supervisor’s Introduction of Ruth (2:4–7)
  • Why Is Moabite Identity an Issue?: Part 1
  • Why Is Moabite Identity an Issue?: Part 2
  • Boaz’s Conversation with Ruth, First Interchange (2:8–10): Part 1
  • Boaz’s Conversation with Ruth, First Interchange (2:8–10): Part 2
  • Second Interchange (2:11–13): Part 1
  • Second Interchange (2:11–13): Part 2
  • Third Interchange (2:14)
  • Workers (2:15–16)
  • Ruth's First Encounter (2:17–18)
  • Personal Significance (2:19–20)
  • Naomi’s Conclusions (2:21–23)
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?

Unit 4: Act 3, Chapter 3

  • The Threshing Floor
  • Ruth’s Second Meeting
  • Naomi’s Scheme (3:1–4): Part 1
  • Naomi’s Scheme (3:5–7): Part 2
  • The Act of the Scheme (3:8–10)
  • Ruth’s Proposal of Marriage
  • Kinsman Redeemer (3:11–13)
  • The Morning Departure (3:14–15)
  • Return Home (3:16–18): Part 1
  • Return Home (3:16–18): Part 2
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?

Unit 5: Act 4, Chapter 4

  • Setting the Stage: Boaz at the Gate (4:1–2): Part 1
  • Setting the Stage: Boaz at the Gate (4:1–2): Part 2
  • Boaz’s First Speech (4:3–4)
  • Boaz’s Second Speech (4:5–6)
  • Transfer of Redemption (4:7–8): Part 1
  • Transfer of Redemption (4:7–8): Part 2
  • Boaz’s Response (4:9–10)
  • Response to Legal Proceedings (4:11–12)
  • Marriage of Boaz and Ruth (4:13)
  • The Women’s Response (4:14–17): Part 1
  • The Women’s Response (4:14–17): Part 2
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?
  • The Genealogy (4:18–20)


  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

  • Title: OT319 Book Study: Ruth
  • Instructor: Daniel I. Block
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 8
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About the Instructor

Dr. Daniel Block, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, has been teaching God’s Word for more than 30 years.

It has been a special joy for Dr. Block to watch students, who often take introductory courses in Old Testament only because they are required to do so by the curriculum, suddenly awaken to the fact that the Old Testament is understandable and its message is both life-giving and relevant for modern, everyday life.

Dr. Block has published a number of books and essays in scholarly journals. The paradigm for his research and ministry is set by Ezra, as described in Ezra 7:10: he committed himself to the study the Torah of Yahweh, to put it into practice, and to teach his revealed will in Israel. This means constantly asking serious questions of the Scriptures: What does the text say? Why does the text say it like that? What did the text mean to the original audience? What does the text have to say to me today? In order to answer these questions, one needs to understand both the worlds out of which the biblical texts arose and the worlds in which modern people live.


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This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.



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  1. Angela Meister
    I really enjoyed this bible study. It was a feast at a table well prepared. The instructor is passionate about God's word and it shows. I am listening to the Deuteronomy course that he is teaching now. I am at the beginning, but looking forward to digging deep. Ruth takes only a bit to read, but spending this time in depth was a blessing. I really like how Dr. Block thoroughly explained culture and context throughout. So often, this is what is missing so many centuries and a culture removed. Glory to God.

  2. James Doyle Moore
    Daniel Block is awesome.

  3. Tim Kuhn

    Tim Kuhn


    I really enjoyed this course. Having studied Ruth before, I still learned a number of things that I hadn't thought about before. Dr. Block was clear in his communication and easy to listen to. I look forward to going through more of his material.

  4. Anna Kusmirek

    Anna Kusmirek




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