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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 Ruth take a break from gleaning in the shelter in Ruth 2:7?

The BHS textual apparatus shows a variation based on LXX. 7 a 𝔊 ἑσπέρας = עֶרֶב || b–b 𝔊 οὐ κατέπαυσεν ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ = לאֹ שָׁבְתָה בַשָּׂדֶה The difference may not actually be due to a textual ...
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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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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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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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Who took off his sandal in Ruth 4:8?

There are three lines of evidence that both point to the same result - the "Go'el" (kinsman-redeemer) took of his sandal as the definitive sign that his statement was final: Ruth 4:7 - Now ...
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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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