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Naomi
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Naomi
Naomi (נָעֳמִי‎, no'omiy). An Ephrathite from Bethlehem (Ruth 1:2). The wife of Elimelech, mother of Mahlon and Chilion (Ruth 1:2), mother-in-law of Orpah and Ruth, and grandmother of Obed (Ruth 1:4, 6; 4:17). A main character in the book of Ruth.
Mara
Mara (מָרָה‎, marah). A name meaning “bitter,” which Naomi gives herself upon returning from Moab to Bethlehem (Ruth 1:20).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Naomi (Person)
NAOMI (PERSON) [Heb noʿŏmı̂ (נָעֳמִי)]. The wife of Elimelech, mother-in-law of Ruth (Ruth 1:1–4). The family of Elimelech left Bethlehem-Judah for Moab because of famine in the land. Naomi was bereft of Elimelech and her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, during their ten-year sojourn in Moab (1:1–5). Her
Mara (Person)
MARA (PERSON) [Heb mārāʾ (מָרָא)]. An appellative for Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth (Ruth 1:20). See NAOMI. Naomi and her family moved from Bethlehem-Judah to Moab where her husband Elimelech and their sons Mahlon and Chilion died (1:1–5). Upon her return to Bethlehem, the women of the city who
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Naomi
Naomi. Wife of Elimelech and the mother of Mahlon and Chilion; a member of Judah’s tribe, she lived in Bethlehem during the period of the judges. Because of a severe famine in Canaan, Naomi temporarily resettled with her family in the land of Moab, east of the Dead Sea (Ru 1:1, 2). Following the death
Mara
Mara. Name, meaning “bitter,” which Naomi gave to herself when she returned as a widow to Judah from Moab (Ru 1:20).See Naomi.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Naomi
Naomi naōʹmē, nə-ōʹmē, naōʹmī [Heb noʿo—‘Sweetie’ or the like, possibly a fem. form of the name Naaman; the î of the name is more likely a hypocoristic ending than the 1st common sing possessive suffix]. The mother-in-law of Ruth and one of the three leading figures in the book of Ruth. Naomi
Mara
Mara mäʹrə [Heb. mārāʾ—‘bitter’]. A name Naomi applied to herself on her return from Moab to her native country. The name Bitter seemed more appropriate than Naomi (“pleasant”), “for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me” (Ruth 1:20).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Naomi
NAOMI Wife of Elimelech and the mother of Mahlon and Chilion. A member of Judah’s tribe, she lived in Bethlehem during the period of the judges. Her story is told in the book of Ruth. Because of a severe famine in Canaan, Naomi temporarily resettled with her family in the land of Moab, east of the Dead
Mara
MARA A name, meaning “bitter,” which Naomi gave to herself when she returned as a widow to Judah from Moab (Ru 1:20). See Naomi.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Naomi
Naomi (nay-oh´mee; Heb., “my pleasantness”), the mother-in-law of Ruth, and a prominent character in the book of Ruth. Naomi and her husband, Elimelech of Bethlehem, went to Moab with their two sons during a time of famine (Ruth 1:1–2). The sons married Moabite women, but then Elimelech and both of the
Mara
Mara (mair´uh; Heb., “bitter”), the name Naomi applied to herself to describe her fate (Ruth 1:19–21). Her name Naomi meant “my pleasant one,” but when she returned to her home in Bethlehem after losing her husband and two sons in Moab, she told the people there, “Call me no longer Naomi, call me Mara,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Naomi
NAOMI. The wife of Elimelech the Ephrathite of Bethlehem-judah who, because of a famine, migrated into the land of Moab. During the ten years in that land, her husband and two sons died, whereupon she returned to Bethlehem accompanied by Ruth, one of her daughters-in-law. Having arrived home, Naomi guided
Mara
MARA. The new name meaning “bitterness, sadness, grief” in Heb., which Naomi chose for herself on her return to Bethlehem to express the bitterness of her experience in Moab (Ruth 1:20).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Naomi
NAOMI (Heb. no‘o, ‘my delight’). During the period of the Judges there was a famine in Bethlehem of Judah, which caused Elimelech, a citizen of that place, to take his wife Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to Moab. There she was widowed, and her sons married Moabite girls, Orpah and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Naomi
Naomi (Heb. noʿŏmɩ̂)A primary character in the symbol-laden book of Ruth; the mother-in-law of Ruth and Orpah, mother of Mahlon and Chilion, and wife of Elimelech.Sojourning in the land of Moab, Naomi (“pleasant one”) is left bereaving the deaths of her husband and her two sons. Accompanied by Ruth,
Mara
Mara (Heb. mārāʾ)A name (“bitter”) taken by Naomi (rather than her own, which means “my pleasant one”) after God had “dealt bitterly” with her, i.e., after her husband and two sons had died (Ruth 1:20; cf. v. 13).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Naomi
Naomi [nā ōˊ mĭ] (Heb. no˓o “my joy, my pleasant one”). The wife of Elimelech, and the mother of Mahlon and Chilion; an important figure in the book of Ruth.At some point during the period of the judges, Judah was struck by famine, and Elimelech and Naomi left Bethlehem for eastern Moab in order
Mara
Mara [mârˊə] (Heb. mārā˒ “bitter”). A name taken by Naomi (rather than her own, which means “my pleasant one”) after God had “dealt bitterly” with her, that is, after her husband and two sons had died (Ruth 1:20; cf. v. 13).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Naomi
NAOMI (Hebrew, “my delight”) The wife of Elimelech and a main character in the book of Ruth. She is also the mother-in-law of Ruth (Ruth 1:1–4) and Orpah, and the mother of Mahlon and Chilion. After her husband and sons died in Moab, Naomi returned to Judea with Ruth and survived through the aid of Boaz,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Naomi
Na´omi, or Nao´mi (my delight), the wife of Elimelech and mother-in-law of Ruth. Ruth 1:2, etc.; 2:1, etc.; 3:1; 4:3, etc. (b.c. 1363.) The name is derived from a root signifying sweetness or pleasantness. Naomi left Judea with her husband and two sons, in a time of famine, and went to the land of Moab.
Mara
Ma´ra (sad, bitter), the name which Naomi adopted in the exclamation forced from her by the recognition of her fellow citizens at Bethlehem. Ruth 1:20.
See also
Relatives
Elimelech Husband
Mahlon Son
Chilion Son
Ruth Daughter-In-Law
Orpah Daughter-In-Law
Boaz Relative
Obed Grandson
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