(And why does it matter?)
Ruth the Moabitess and Mighty Samson from the Sorek Valley may be the two most unique characters in the Old Testament. Sweet, faithful Ruth, the relocated widow and eventual great-grandmother of Israel’s King David, seems at first glance to have nothing in common with the famous scourge of the Philistines, easily the best known and most intriguing of ancient Israel’s long line of judges. But it is likely that these two were contemporaries. I will explain below why it’s probable that, for at least a short time, Samson and Ruth lived within 20 miles of each other. Then I’ll explain why I believe that apparent coincidence is not a coincidence at all.