What does the Gesture of “uncovering feet” and “laying to Boas feet” mean?
What exactly does that gesture mean in that time and age?
According to the footnotes, Ruth 3:4 NET Bible, the actions of Ruth constitute a marriage proposal,which read.
While Ruth and Boaz did not actually have a sexual encounter at the threshing floor, there is no doubt that Ruth’s actions are symbolic and constitute a marriage proposal.
Ruth 3 :3-4, 10-13(NET Bible)
Boaz will redeem Ruth.
3 "At that time, Naomi, her mother-in-law, said to her, “My daughter,
I must find a home for you so you will be secure.[b] 2 Now Boaz, with
whose female servants you worked, is our close relative.[c] Look,
tonight he is winnowing barley at the threshing floor.[d] 3 So bathe
yourself,[e] rub on some perfumed oil,[f] and get dressed up. Then go
down[h] to the threshing floor. But don’t let the man know you’re
there until he finishes his meal.[i] 4 When he gets ready to go to
sleep, take careful notice of the place where he lies down. Then go,
uncover his legs,[k] and lie down[l] beside him.[m] He will tell[n]
you what you should do.” 5 Ruth replied to Naomi,[o] “I will do
everything you have told[p] me to do.”
10" He said, “May you be rewarded[ah] by the Lord, my dear![ai] This
act of devotion[aj] is greater than what you did before.[ak] For you
have not sought to marry[al] one of the young men, whether rich or
poor.[am] 11 Now, my dear, don’t worry![an] I intend to do for you
everything you propose,[ao] for everyone in the village[ap] knows that
you are a worthy woman.[aq] 12 Now yes, it is true that[ar] I am a
guardian,[as] but there is another guardian who is a closer relative
than I am. 13 Remain here tonight. Then in the morning, if he agrees
to marry you,[at] fine,[au] let him do so.[av] But if he does not want
to do so, I promise, as surely as the Lord lives, to marry you.[aw]
Sleep here until morning.”"