Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme is the biblical book of Ruth written in rhyming couplets.
This is a story of loyalty, kindness, but above all: choices. Elimelech chooses to take his family away from his homeland, where there is a famine. Ruth chooses to leave her origins and become part of her mother-in-law’s people. Boaz chooses to marry a relative and redeem her late husband’s name. The choices and their consequences intertwine, and, in the end, we witness a marriage which results in the birth of King David.
Here is a peek at chapter one.
In the days when the judges’ were in command,
There was a famine in the land.
From Bethlehem in Judah, a man, his wife, and his two sons went away.
To the fields of Moab they went to stay.
His name was Elimelech, and Naomi was his wife;
Mahlon and Kilion were their sons whom they brought to life.
They were Ephratites from Bethlehem in Judah, and they came
To the fields of Moab with an aim.
Once they got there, they did not stray.
There they did stay.
Elimelech, the husband of Naomi died.
She was left with her two sons by her side.
After he was buried,
Moabite women the sons both married.
Orpah, was the name of one,
And Ruth was married to the other son.
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The book of Ruth is read by Jews during the holiday of Shavuot which falls this year on May 24th and 25th. Buy your copy now to have it in time to read on the holiday.