Two previous articles focused on teaching resources for this biblical character. Today we will explore resources for a study of this woman’s amazing resilence.
Since the 1970’s, the relationship between student resilience and academic success has been the focus of research. Researchers Masten, Best and Garmezy define resilience as “the process of, capacity for or outcome of successful adaptation despite challenging or threatening circumstances”.
Students who possess social competence, problem solving skills and a sense of purpose and a future fare better than those without. (see From Risk to Resilience)
In the Bible account, both Ruth and Naomi must deal with impoverishment and the deaths of husbands and providers while living amongst strangers in a time of crisis (famine). Naomi becomes embittered while Ruth clearly displays resiliency and the ability to rise above circumstances to find joy and life.
Virginia Beach writer, Kathy Mills can definitely relate. “When my husband died, I thought it was reason enough for me to lose all joy. I questioned God, asking him how I could ever consider experiencing such deep pain and sorrow, how it could ever produce joy in me.”
“The Lord led me through the pain of loss to discover the greater treasure in life is to know him more intimately.” She continues. (Read more about Kathy’s experiences here)
For those interested in a closer study of Ruth and the resiliency she displayed, a number of online resources are available.
- The complete text of Ruth 1-4 (NIV)
- Easy English text and commentary entitled Ruth Obeys God and Finds Love.
- Parallel translations of the boook of Ruth
- Map of Palestine during Ruth’s lifetime
- A Bible study centered around the lives of Naomi and Ruth and Psalm 121.
- Matthew Henry’s commentary on all four chapters.
Check out previous articles on drama and teaching resources for the book of Ruth.