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From Famine to Fullness: The Gospel According to Ruth

(The gospel according to the Old testament)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Whether they are thrilled by the love story of Ruth and Boaz or encouraged by a happy ending for Naomi, many people are drawn to the book of Ruth. But though the story is indeed charming, Ruth is included in Scripture for more than our entertainment. Ruth's message is theological, rooted in God's oversight of the movement of redemptive history that climaxes in the person ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by P & R Publishing
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Stephen Hoogerhyde
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The book of Ruth is often viewed simply as a love story between Ruth and Boaz. But it is so much more than that (if it even is that at all). This book helps us to see the richness of this short Biblical book.

Ulrich first spends an entire chapter on the period and book of Judges, to set the time frame in which Ruth takes place, which is particularly helpful. If you are looking for a verse-by-verse commentary on Ruth, this is not it. But he does cover the important events and importance of those
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Jeff Short
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book looks at major redemptive themes in the book of Ruth. The layout follows the book of Ruth and in that respect is a little more like a commentary. He does address many details in the book, but doesn't get deeply entangled in them. He focuses on aspects of Gospel truth in the book and connects major themes with other biblical books. It is a helpful study.
Joshua Rodriguez
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great study on the book of Ruth! Recommended to anyone who wishes to connect the dots between Ruth and other related passages. This is coupled with easy-to-understand but insightful commentary. Every chapter ends with questions, and though I didn’t read over them, it seems that this book would be great for small group discussion. I particularly like chapter 1 on the context of Ruth and chapter 7 on the significance of promised land and details on the kinsman-redeemer.
Kevin Bogus
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good resource when considering the book of Ruth. Highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone considering preparing messages (sermons, bible study leader, etc...) about the O.T.
Jeanie
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
As most people that are familiar with the bible know the story of Ruth. However, there is so much more that you once again know the joy of your salavation and the application of redemption is made more clear. There is a great quote in the beginning of the book by Augustine.."The New Testamnt is the Old concealed;, the Old Testament is in the New revealed. Study of the scriptures is important for many reasons but the main reason is it reveals the heart of God that it draws you to Him. This book ...more
Mark A Powell
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Many view the book of Ruth as a story of love and fidelity but at the heart of the book is a much greater picture, argues Ulrich. He points to the underlying themes of Ruth, as well as its interconnectedness with the rest of Scripture. Particularly, Ulrich emphasizes how it is God’s faithfulness on display. God’s covenant-keeping love would bless the characters in this story and all of Israel, and indeed, the entire world through Christ.
Becky
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I especially loved the final chapter, in which he laid out how important it was not only that God had brought Naomi and Ruth from emptiness to fullness, but also that Obed, as part of the eventual line of Christ, had spiritual significance beyond his own lifetime. I like that Ulrich made the book personal, suggesting that we are also part of God's story and we never know what significance the Lord may be placing on the ordinary events He has ordained for our lives.
Paul Seville
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ulrich unpacks Ruth to reveal some absolute gems. I was reading with a particular view to explore how Ruth illustrates Israel's covenant obligations with respect to the poor and I was not disappointed. Ulrich brings the full weight of the Pentateuch to bear on the narrative, as well as its socio-rhetorical components. Recommended for anyone wishing to engage with the narrative of Ruth in more depth.
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