from The Bible Project


The book of Ruth is a masterful short story, complete with an unfolding plot, character development, extensive dialogue and a gratifying resolution to the conflict. The story provides an essential connection between two time periods in the life of the nation of Israel: a very difficult and unstable time when the land was sporadically governed by a series of judges, and an era where kings (with an emphasis on King David) were the rulers of God’s people. The story of Ruth helps make the transition between these two eras.


AN INTRODUCTION TO The period of the judges

Watch this short video on your own. It will give you a little context about the state of ancient Israel during the period that the story of Ruth takes place.

Step 1:

Walk through the Icebreakers in the Discussion Guide.

Step 2:

Watch the session video together.

Step 3:

Discuss the video as a group using the Discussion Guide.

Step 4:

Encourage your group members to take action by following through on the suggestions in the "Applying What You've Learned" section of the Discussion Guide.

The video is produced by The Bible Project.

About The Bible Project

The Bible Project is a Portland based non-profit that utilizes short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. They create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story by focusing on its overarching themes and each book’s literary design. They are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context and communicating its wisdom for the modern world.