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These introductory verses, as well as the closing genealogy (Ruth 4:17-22), show that the book of Ruth was written after "the days when the judges ruled," during the days of the monarchy. Possibly Samuel, or even David (who was said to be Ruth's great grandson and thus may have heard the story from his parents) may have written it. Ruth's husband, Boaz, was said to be the son of Rahab (Matthew 1:5), the converted harlot who had joined with the Israelites at the fall of Jericho. The story of Ruth, therefore, possibly took place during the early part of the judges' rule. See discussion in the Introduction.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8