Summary of the books of the Old Testament Books
The book of Genesis is largely narrative material. Some key themes and events include God as the creator and sustainer of his creation demonstrated through the accounts of the creation week, the fall of man, the flood, and Patriarchal History, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. After Adam and Eve sinned and ushered the era of sin and death into the world, men continued to become increasingly sinful. Eventually, God became so angry he completely destroyed mankind with a world-wide flood. However, He spared a remnant: Noah and his family. God chose Abraham and entered into a new covenant naming Israel as his chosen people. Again, with this act we see God as the sustainer. The chosen line continued with Abraham and his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob who was later renamed Israel. Jacob gave birth to Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers and taken to Egypt. This eventually resulted in Jacob and his family relocating to Egypt in order to survive a severe famine.
The book of Ruth is largely narrative material. Some key themes and events include Naomi and her family moving to Moab to escape a severe famine in Israel. The book of Ruth is about Naomi going through a lot of suffering and loss. Naomi’s husband died there, then both of her sons married Moabite women. Orpah, returned to her childhood family and Ruth stayed to comfort Naomi in her time of loss. Ruth refused to let difficult times determine the outcome of her future. The book of Ruth is linked to God’s plan for the redemption of our broken world. God lead Naomi and Ruth back to Israel where Ruth meant Boaz, her future husband. Ruth found love and security when she meant Boaz and married him. They had a child named Obed. He would become the grandfather of King David. Through the faithfulness of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz it was made possible for...