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Which reading is the original text of Ruth 1:2 (and other similar verses)?

As I think OP is probably already aware, one of the two available manuscripts from among the Dead Sea Scrolls (4QRutha) and the Greek support the singular שדה, so there is indeed a textual problem ...
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Why would marrying Ruth have impaired the Redeemer's inheritance?

This goes back to the antiquities and the law of inheritance. Back then wives and widows were part of the property and had no rights to inheritance. Naomi was selling a portion of the property of her ...
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What are Hebrew & Greek words used in Ruth to describe her status and its meaning?

The operative word here in Ruth 2:13 is שִׁפְחָה (shiphchah) which means: BDB: literally, maid, maid-servant, as belonging to a mistress Genesis 16:1,3,6,8 (PJ) Genesis 29:24; Genesis 29:29 (P) ...
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Abimelekh (Αβιμελεχ) in the LXX

Overview αβιμελεχ and αχιμελεχ are transliterations whose meanings in Greek are simply the names Abimelech or Ahimelech. However, a translator would also continue to know the original meaning behind ...
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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "lying to Boas feet" mean?

Initially, your question perplexed me. After delving into this beautiful love story I was still none the wiser. Why uncover his feet? Was there some significance about this single act? Four hours ...
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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "lying to Boas feet" mean?

What does the Gesture of “uncovering feet” and “lying 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 ...
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Was it common to have famine?

The time of the Judges was circa 1375 to 1050 B.C. According to my NIV Study Bible notes: The author is unknown. Jewish tradition points to Samuel, but it is unlikely that he is the author because ...
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Why didn't Boaz acquire Naomi in Ruth 4:9?

Naomi was not acquired, as it were, because she had already raised up seed to her husband, Elimelech, even though they were deceased, and therefore, Boaz could not, and indeed, did not need to, ...
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Did the marriage of Boaz + Ruth the Moabite reveal faith in God nullifies Deuteronomy 23:4?

The marriage was under the Law. It was Legal. According to Mosaic Law, Ruth needed to be redeemed. She was a Moabite, but had Jewish ancestry by marriage that had taken place outside of the Law, in a ...
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May the Lord reward your work.. Ruth 2:12

2:14 - She was invited to join Boaz and his harvesters in a meal. (A remarkable and uncommon privilege that few foreigners enjoyed among the Israelites.) 2:16-18 - The harvesters treat Ruth well and ...
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How do you reconcile Nehemiah 13:1-3 with the fact that King David's great-grandmother was Moabite?

Ruth was a Moabite citizen*, same as Moses was an Egyptian citizen. Israel possessed the country or land of Moab for 299 years which included the period of Judges during which time the narrative of ...
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Why would marrying Ruth have impaired the Redeemer's inheritance?

Why would this impair the Redeemer's own inheritance? 1/ If money was owed on the property to be redeemed and the repurchaser used his money, this would reduce the value of his own inheritance. ...
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How do you reconcile Nehemiah 13:1-3 with the fact that King David's great-grandmother was Moabite?

I taught a message on this subject at Bible study, here is some interesting points that support Ruth's Israelite- Benjamite possible ancestry. Rth_1:1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ...
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Why does Boaz keep calling Ruth "my daughter"?

The word, בַּת (bath) = daughter was a rather "flexible" term used, amongst other things according to BDB as: f. used in kindly address, בִּתִּי Ruth 3:10,11 (Boaz to Ruth), compare Psalm ...
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Naomi, who has come back from Moab, IS SELLING? the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek

Assuming that the MT for Ruth 4:3 is what the OP means by "the original", then the original (Codex Leningrad) is: וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לַגֹּאֵ֔ל חֶלְקַת֙ הַשָּׂדֶ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר לְאָחִ֖ינוּ ...
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Did Ruth uncover Boaz' feet, or something else?

The biblical account is clear and straightforward. Ruth waited till Boaz had fallen asleep then uncovered his feet and remained there, laying at his feet. Later in the night, Boaz awoke and asked ...
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Did Ruth uncover Boaz' feet, or something else?

I appreciate both the spiritual and the intellectual discourse on this question, but of paramount importance, is the fact, that we resolve this within a hermeneutic purview.And if that is true of the ...
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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "lying to Boas feet" mean?

The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary correctly observes: Boaz probably slept upon a mat or skin; Ruth lay crosswise at his feet—a position in which Eastern servants frequently sleep in the ...
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When was the Book of Ruth set?

The only thing that can be given is an educated guess based on all known data. If there is a slice of extra unknown data (such as extra links in the genealogy from Salma to David), then trying to ...
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When was the Book of Ruth set?

In general, the era of the "judges" is the period between Joshua's conquest of Canaan, and the founding of the Israelite monarchy, initially under King Saul, approximately 350 years. The final Judge ...
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Was it common to have famine?

We don't have independent meteorological records, of course! But we can reasonably well extrapolate from recent recorded history in continental Europe, which is relatively comparable. https://en....
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Who took off his sandal in Ruth 4:8?

Here is the law in Deuteronomy: 7 And if the man does not wish to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to ...
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Can the field in Ruth 2:3 refer to Elimelech?

In the phrase חלקת השדה, the word חלקת is חלק, "portion", in construct form (סמיכות). This form creates a single, indivisible term "field portion", which in English we commonly ...
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When did the story of Ruth take place?

There are two records of Moab being subject to Israel: During the time of King David as per 2 Sam 8:2 & 1 Chron 18:2 Much later during the later kings of Israel as per 2 Kings 3:4 Now, according ...
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