Ruth Bible Study with Dr. Ron Shive via Zoom

Please Note: Both classes for this Bible Study have been canceled for the week of Feb. 22-26. The focus for the study on March 3 and 4 will be the first chapter of Ruth.

Dr. Shive will teach a five-week Zoom study on the Old Testament book of Ruth. The class will be taught on two different days and times. One class will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and the other on Thursdays at 6:45 a.m. The study will conclude the week of March 15.

Ruth is a “historical novella” of a young Moabite woman living in the time of the judges, around 1100 BCE. While this is a story that inspires Jews as it is read each year in celebration of the Festival of Weeks, it is not a story that many of us know well. Inspiration though awaits all of us as we take time to study and reflect on this short book of 85 verses. Let me suggest two ways. Walter Brueggemann says that Ruth is “a woman who acts decisively to create a future for herself in a patriarchal social context where no good future was on offer for her.” I think that idea of “creating a future where no good future is obvious” might just be worth considering during difficult days in which we are currently living. Second, Carolyn Pressler says that Ruth is “a story of God working through faithful relationships to bring a blessing.” A little inspiration from the notion of faithful relationships is much needed during these days of social isolation.

Email Kathleen Seagroves ( if you wish to participate in one of these two classes. Please designate which class you would like to join. We will send you a Zoom link to the class the week before it begins.

Recordings of classes which have already taken place:

Thursday, February 18, Passcode: n$*X%N6g