Was ruth and naomi in the Old Testament?
Yes Ruth an Naomi were in the old testament. You can read their story in the book of Ruth
Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth. When Naomi's son (Ruth's husband) died, Ruth refused to leave Naomi. Ruth went with Naomi back to her home town, where she remarried with a member of Naomi's husband's family. This blood line followed into the birth of David, who later came the birth of Jesus Christ. Therefore Naomi is considered to be of the bloodline of Jesus Christ.
Unless one is totally mistaken (The Story of Ruth) refers to the Biblical book of Ruth and the adventures, for lack of a better word, of Ruth and Naomi, two Jewish women in the Old Testament. For some odd reason, Ruth has become associated with laundry applicances and detergents ( maid of all work?) I am not aware of the Biblical character being adapted to any modern novel. She"s an Old Testament character.
During the time of the Judges when there was a famine, an Israelite family from Bethlehem-Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their sons Mahlon and Chilion-emigrate to the nearby country of Moab. Elimelech dies, and the sons marry two Moabite women: Mahlon marries Ruth and Chilion marries Orpah. Ruth was a foreigner. But she came to Israel to help Naomi. Ruth left her own gods, to serve the real God. Naomi and Ruth were very poor…