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RUTH (friendship; refreshed [as with water]; possibly comrade, companion).
  • A Moabitess who married a son of Elimelech and Naomi of Bethlehem (Ru 1:1-4),
  • ancestor of Christ (Mt 1:5),
  • the Book of Ruth is about her.

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
RUTH, BOOK OF -- The book records the circumstances that led to the marriage of Ruth, a Moabitess, to Boaz, an Israelite. A famine forced Naomi and her husband to move to Moab, where her sons married Moabite women, one of whom was Ruth. Naomi and her daughter-in-law became widows, and Ruth and Naomi settled in Bethlehem. In the course of providing food for herself and her mother-in-law, Ruth met Boaz, a prosperous farmer and a relative of Naomi. With Naomi's encouragement, Ruth tenderly reminded Boaz of the levirate obligation (Ruth 3:1-9), a Deuteronomic law that required a man to marry his brother's widow if she was childless, the purpose being that the dead man have an heir (Deut 25:5-10). However, Boaz was not the nearest of kin. When the closest relative learned that there was a levirate obligation attached to the redemption of Naomi's land, he rejected it (Ruth 4:1-6), and Boaz was free to marry Ruth. 
The Book of Ruth demonstrates the providence of God at work in the life of an individual, and it exalts family loyalty. It shows how a Gentile became part of the Davidic ancestry (Ruth 4:17-21); thus Ruth is cited in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1:5.

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
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