The consequences of breaking the laws and the benefits of keeping them are described. An important theme of this book is what God has given to his Israelites and what He expected back. The restatement of the Ten Commandments in this book gives it the nature of an ultimatum but still it is reminded that there is always a chance to rectify the wrongs as God’s mercy has no boundaries. Through the declaration of leadership change from Moses to Joshua, this book reiterates the continuity of command by the selected children of God. This is the only book in the whole of Bible that God has commanded to be read just because this book gives out the basic spiritual and social guidelines for a Christian to follow. It is the ultimate agreement with God and his creations. Values like love towards the stranger, are delineated in this book and they hold sway even in the modern times. Ruth The Book of Ruth comes under the narrative genre (The Holy Bible, Ruth, 8.1-4). This books talks about how God protects the faithful and the rightful of his creations. The story of Ruth, a young widow, is narrated and her special qualities including love, loyalty, obedience, and service-mindedness are described as the narrative unfolds. The major themes of this book are, an assurance that the faithful will be saved even though they are caught in helpless and tragic circumstances, a revelation that good values will bring in good tidings, and a reminder that service to the helpless will be reciprocated by God with reward.
As the very meaning of the name, Ruth, is ‘mercy’, the whole book is allegorical of the infinite mercy of God to the faithful. The purpose of this book is to remind the readers of the same. When Naomi’s husband and sons died, she is left only with her loyal daughter-in-law, Ruth, who adamantly stays back with her instead of returning to her father’s house. It is the bonding between the mother-in-law and the daughter-in-law as well as the tiresome journey that they make together in search of food and shelter that weaves the main narrative of the story. They reach the fields of kinsman, Boaz, work there as laborers, and as per the instructions of Naomi, Ruth goes into the barn at night to request the kinsman to marry her and shoulder her responsibility as was the noble custom then. Her request is accepted and thus the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law are blessed with a benevolent protector. By reminding that Boaz paid the complete price required, the reader is reminded that good deeds would be rewarded in a complete manner. Psalms Psalms is a book in the genre, Psalms (The Holy Bible, Psalms, 19. 1-150). In the Psalms, the reader can see themes ranging from creation to victory. Notions of exodus, the supremacy of God, prophesy, pilgrimage, penitence, and malediction are discussed in this book. All the humanly possible emotions have found a place in the content of the Psalms. Pain of being betrayed, relief of the escapade from an enemy, the despair of being guilty, the pleasure of repentance and being forgiven, and many similar happenings in human life appear and reappear in the Psalms. And this is why Psalms are thought to have an ability to directly connect with the readers’ hearts. Psalms consist of five categories of verse, namely, laments that express