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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 11:42 AM   21
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Absolutely!!
Do you have a preference over Ester or Ruth?



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Old Dec 9th, 2010, 15:58 PM   22
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I'd love to pop in too and see what's being discussed and join in. Out of Esther and Ruth I'd choose Ruth.... xxx



 
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Old Dec 10th, 2010, 09:43 AM   23
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I say Ruth, just because there are more people saying it. I really don't know anything about it. I think we should pick a day to start, not TOO soon (like tomorrow) so that everyone has a chance to see the post and doesn't get left out! Let's get this going! =)



 
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Old Dec 10th, 2010, 11:51 AM   24
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Yay! Ok, let's do Ruth!
In my Quest Bible, it has a little intro for each book. I'll copy the one for Ruth here!

INTRODUCTION
Why read this book? If you've ever felt like an outsider struggling to fit in, you'll identify with Ruth, the heroine of this book. In the culture she lived in, Ruth had several strikes against her. At that time, people honoured women with children; she had none. Women depended on their husbands; she was a wideo. Communities were close-knit; she was a foreigner. But this is the story of an outsider who was brought in,s aved from poverty and ostracism. So you'll find hope in this book - a story of how God wants "outsiders" to come to him for help.

Who wrote this book? Jewish tradition traces the story to Samuel, but it was likely written later by an unknown writer.

To whom was it written? The people of Israel.

What to look for in Ruth: Redemption - the theme permeates this book: RUth is transformed from poverty to wealth, widow to wife, barren to fertile and foreigner to Israelite. A key figure is Boaz, a kinsman-redeemer, who provides a new life for Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi.





So...how about we "assign" Chapter 1 in Ruth, and once we are all done it we can write our thoughts out in here, and "assign" Chapter 2 in...what does everyonet think? One week? Two? We want to give everyone a chance to give their two cents and not be behind.

I'm so excited!!!



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Old Dec 10th, 2010, 12:20 PM   25
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Hi! Would I be able to join?? I'd love to have a Bible study group - I've wanted this for awhile but people in my church are older and there's really no one there my husband and I's age. My Bible is NIV I believe, but I'll check for sure when I get home.

Ruth sounds great - I'm up for anything!

A little about me - I'm 26, DH is 25 and we just found out we're expecting! Can't wait, but I'm also super nervous! Our church is called "Paradise Church" and its non-denominational. I grew up Methodist but have been going here since I met my husband



 
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Old Dec 10th, 2010, 12:31 PM   26
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Great, can't wait to get started, I love the story in Ruth :-) xxx



 
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Old Dec 10th, 2010, 15:06 PM   27
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Yes absolutely! Everyone is welcome to join. I think I'll change the title of the thread to say that
Thanks ladies!! I'm excited to study with you!



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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 12:26 PM   28
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Ruth sounds great.....on what date would we like to start posting discussions? How about Mondays? I am bad about checking this board everyday but can definately make an appointment for MOndays!!! I'll get to reading Ruth Chapter1....and will post for discussion on Monday 12/20



 
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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 14:03 PM   29
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That sounds like a good idea...maybe I could put it in the title of the thread - Ruth 1 discussion Dec 20-27
Would that be good? Then Ruth 2 will start Dec 27? Make sense?



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Old Dec 20th, 2010, 11:42 AM   30
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Ok is everyone ready?

I read Ruth 1 last night! I love v 16 - "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God".
It seems familiar - is this the verse that is sometimes translated as "Wither thou go, I goest"? I LOVE that verse...and I never knew it was from Ruth!!

I love the determination she had to stick with her MIL. If only we all had that intense attachment of family!!!!



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