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Why didn't Naomi know Ruth? (Ruth 3:16)

Textual Analysis Grammatical The verbless clause she speaks, מִי־אַ֣תְּ בִּתִּ֑י, is variously translated into English in other ways as well: KJV - Who art thou, my daughter? [The same idea as ...
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Did Ruth uncover Boaz' feet, or something else?

Ruth instigates her right to remarriage to Boaz as the next of kin by uncovering his feet. This imagery of foot uncovering (in the context of the kinsman-redeemer) comes from the Law of Moses - ...
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Parallels between Ruth and Elisha?

Frankly, I also searched for but couldn’t find much of others addressing the parallels of Ruth and Elisha. Walfish was almost always the writer. What I did find were mostly studies of one book that ...
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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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Why didn't Naomi know Ruth? (Ruth 3:16)

During the 12th Century, Rabbi Abraham ibn Ezra commented on this verse, and his summary was that, in Biblical Hebrew, the "Who" can refer to "What." In colloquial English, the translation would be "...
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Does the narrator share Naomi's viewpoint in Ruth 1:20-21?

Yes, the "narrator" shares Naomi's perception of divine agency ... yet also implicitly challenges Naomi's understanding of her situation. That judgment is based on the following observations: It is ...
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Why didn't Naomi know Ruth? (Ruth 3:16)

This is a brief supplement to the accepted answer. Given the reasonably widespread sense among the more technical commentaries that (a) the face value of the Hebrew is inappropriate, but that (b) mî (&...
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Why didn't Naomi know Ruth? (Ruth 3:16)

Based on the parallel comparison, it looks like most translators render this phrase either something like "Who are you, My daughter?" or "How did things go, my daughter?" This makes it appear that ...
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How can Ruth "return" to a place she had never been?

Your question is not a new one, but was asked centuries ago by the rabbis. The answer depends upon whether you are looking for a literal or metaphoric meaning. Ruth 1:22 says: וַתָּשָׁב נָעֳמִי ...
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How can Ruth "return" to a place she had never been?

Shub appears over a thousand times in the Old Testement. Much like our own word "return," it has many, many meanings, both literal and figurative. This is what Strong's Concordance has to say: (7725) ...
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When was Ruth written?

According to the Babylonian Talmud, Bava Basra 14b, Samuel was the author of the Book of Ruth. While the rabbis, there, equivocate about the authorship of other books of the Hebrew Scriptures, there ...
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Parallels between Ruth and Elisha?

I found some interesting conenctions between the two: Both Ruth and Elisha are forceful and determined. Ruth "clung" to Naomi ("At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law ...
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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 "laying to Boas feet" mean?

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 ...
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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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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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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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To whom was Boaz paying when buying Naomi's land?

He was paying Naomi for the land, she did not inherit it, but legally possessed it and could sell portions of it. Hooking Ruth up with Boaz was Naomi's way of rewarding her for her devotion and ...
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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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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "laying 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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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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