The Epic of Eden: Ruth



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Perfect for:

  • Small groups (each week includes a group discussion guide; DVD sold separately)
  • Newcomer classes or new Christians
  • Anyone that struggles to see the Old Testament’s relevance to the big story of Scripture
  • Groups looking to be challenged to understand the story of Ruth in ways they haven’t before
  • Wednesday night studies and/or Sunday school classes

In these pages you’ll:

  • Seeker-friendly teaching that connects the story of Ruth to the big story of the Bible
  • Discover how the story of Ruth is still speaking to us today

About the Study

Set in the midst of one of the most corrupt eras of Israelite history, Ruth is a story about three compelling characters. Naomi is an elderly widow who has lot everything and returns to her homeland empty and bitter hoping simply to survive. Ruth is Naomi’s young daughter-in-law, also a widow, and a foreigner, who at great personal cost refuses to let Naomi face the future alone. Boaz is the local patriarch—a man of wealth and influence who in this epic tale is given the opportunity to do the right thing, even though the right thing might not be the obvious thing.

In The Epic of Eden: Ruth, Dr. Sandra Richter makes each of these characters come alive. Participants in this study—young and old, men and women, churched and unchurched—will be challenged as they see themselves in these characters and find themselves faced with many of the same questions and challenges. Here is real life, lived out by real people with real fears, real struggles, real hope, and real faith.

Preview the introduction and second week of content here.

Sample Video Lesson (Introduction/Week One)

About the Author

Sandra Richter is the Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She served as a Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College for the past four years teaching Hebrew language, exegesis, cultural contexts, and —Environmentalism and the Evangelical. She received her MA from Gordon-Conwell and her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department. She is deeply invested in bringing the real people and real places of the Old Testament to life for both the academic and the lay person. For more than a decade she directed an Israel Studies program for Asbury Theological and Wesley Biblical Seminaries.


  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Page count: TBA
  • DVD accompaniment: Highly encouraged — 6, 20-30 minute sessions

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