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A clue is provided to us in Lev 25:55 which states "for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God." An understanding of the historical customs surrounding conversion may also be helpful. Lawrence J. Epstein writes God was conceived in very early Jewish thought as a national deity, ...


One must remember that the times of Ruth weren't exactly the pinnacle of the feminist movement and therefor women were not regarded as much more than property. As such, there was often a dowry and bride price to be paid for a woman's hand in marriage so Ruth had some worth in this regard. Basically Ruth is part of the estate left behind after the death of ...

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