Poverty, disease, famine and warfare. A refugee family is destroyed by their ravages and two widows remain with no money and fewer prospects. Hardly the ideal setting for a story of love and romance.
The book of Ruth sits strangely in the Old Testament, between histories of the great dealings of leaders and nations, we are given an insight into how the God of Israel deals with individuals to bring about his plans for the future. FAMINE AND FORTUNE takes us to the heart of this beautiful and sometimes strange story- explaining some of the background and customs referred to. In four sharp studies, it unpacks the relevance of this short book to the Bible as a whole, and for us today.