The spiritual condition of God’s chosen people during the period of the Judges is summarized by the final verse of the book. “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”—Judges 21:25. Israel’s repetitive cycles of sin, slavery and submission to the gentile peoples in and around the promised land, repentant submission to God, and finally salvation by God’s work through the judges He raised up as deliverers provides the story line in the national incubator prior to the united kingdom of Saul, David and Solomon.
The characters of this exciting time provide the body of Messiah with illustrations pointing to God intervening in the lives of his people when they call upon him. The story of Ruth is a foreshadowing of the Lord’s redemptive plan for all peoples—Jew and Gentile alike.
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One of the foremost authorities on the nation of Israel, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum is a messianic believer and founder and director of Ariel Ministries, a Texas-based organization dedicated to evangelism and discipleship of Jewish people.
Dr. Fruchtenbaum was born in Siberia after his father was released from a communist prison there. Aided by the Israeli underground, the Fruchtenbaum family escaped from behind the Iron Curtain. While living in Germany from 1947 to 1951, Arnold received Orthodox training from his father – who had himself been reared to assume Chasidic (ultra-orthodox Jewish) leadership in Poland, only to later lose most of his family and his faith to the Holocaust. The Fruchtenbaums immigrated to New York, and five years later, at age 13, Arnold came to saving faith.
Before receiving his doctorate from New York University in 1989, Dr. Fruchtenbaum earned his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. His graduate work also includes studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Having lived in Israel for three years, Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s intensive study of the role of that nation in God’s plan of world redemption has made him a much in-demand speaker at Bible conferences and schools throughout the world.