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The husband of Ruth and father of Obed, the grandfather of King David. Famous for his role as the kinsman redeemer in the book of Ruth.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BOAZ (PERSON) [Heb bōʿaz (בֹּעַז)]. A descendant of Judah who married Ruth the Moabitess and fathered Obed, the grandfather of David (Ruth 4:13, 18–22). Many have suggested that the etymology of Boaz is beʿōz, “in the strength of,” or bōʿōz, “in him (is) strength,” from the root ʿzz, “to be strong.”
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Boaz (Person) Salmon’s son of Judah’s tribe (Ru 4:18–22). Boaz lived in Bethlehem in the days of the judges and married Ruth, a Moabite woman. Boaz was an ancestor of Christ (Mt 1:5; Lk 3:32, kjv Booz) and a wealthy relative by marriage of Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth attracted the attention of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. A resident of Bethlehem and kinsman of Elimelech, Naomi’s husband. In Ruth 2:1 he is described as a gibbōr ḥayil, or aristocrat (cf. 1 S. 9:1). He owned fields outside the town, in which Ruth was allowed to glean. After she had revealed herself to him without compromising his integrity, he redeemed
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BOAZ (Person) Salmon’s son of Judah’s tribe (Ru 4:18–22). Boaz lived in Bethlehem in the days of the judges and married Ruth, a Moabite woman. Boaz was an ancestor of Christ (Mt 1:5; Lk 3:32) and a wealthy relative by marriage of Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth attracted the attention of Boaz when
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BOAZ1. A Bethlehemite of the tribe of Judah, great-grandfather of David (Ruth 2:4; 1 Chr 2:12). He was an honorable and wealthy landowner from Bethlehem (Ruth 2:1–3), a kinsman of Elimelech, Naomi’s husband (1:1; 2:1). Ruth went to glean in the fields (cf. Deut 24:19) and happened to select the fields
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BOAZ. The hero of the book of *Ruth, a wealthy landowner of Bethlehem, a benevolent farmer who had a concern for his workers’ welfare and a sense of family responsibility. This led him to redeem Ruth, the widow of a distant relative, in place of her next-of-kin, under the levirate marriage law. He thus
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Boaz (Heb. bōʿaz)1. A wealthy relative of the family of Elimelech and Naomi, owner of fields near Bethlehem. Boaz is portrayed as the protector of Naomi’s foreign daughter-in-law Ruth, by ordering the workers of his fields not to harass her and to leave extra grain for her (Ruth 2:15–16); by instructing
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BOAZ (Hebrew, perhaps “in him is strength”)1. An ancestor of David, of the tribe of Judah (Ruth 4:13, 18–22). He married Ruth the Moabitess and was the father of Obed. He was also a wealthy landowner in Bethlehem.2. The name of one of the two bronze columns in front of the Temple of Solomon. Boaz was
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BO´AZ (bōʹaz; possibly “fleetness” from Arab. ba˓aza, “to be nimble”).1. A wealthy Bethlehemite, kinsman to Elimelech, the husband of Naomi. When Naomi and Ruth returned from the country of Moab the latter received permission to glean in the fields of Boaz. He treated her generously, offering her much