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Ruth gleaning barley in the field of Boaz

Posted in Bible, Religion on Monday, 31 January 2011

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The Book of Ruth is one of the shortest in the Bible, a mere four chapters, but it has a special place in the hearts of many readers, and some literary scholars regard it as the first novella, which though an absurd proposition to others, nevertheless reveals the powerful characterisation and plotting with which the author so skilfully drives the narrative. Naomi has two sons who get married and sadly die; their mother-in-law tells the widows to return to their own mothers. One does but the other, Ruth, decides to stay with Naomi. She is a Moabite and not of the Jewish faith, but she commits herself to a new life which is dedicated not only to her mother-in-law, but to her religion and customs:

Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.

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Ruth gleaning barley as Boaz looks on

They go back to Bethlehem where Ruth gleans barley in the harvest to support them both, and the owner of the farmland is Boaz, a kinsman of Naomi’s husband. After several incidents, he “redeems” Ruth by taking her as his wife. It is a simple but affecting story of loyalty and faith.

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