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Ruth
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A Moabite woman who leaves her homeland with her Israelite mother-in-law and comes to live in Bethlehem as a resident alien, eventually becoming the great-grandmother of King David. The events of her life are recorded in the Old Testament book of Ruth. Ruth is noted for her extraordinary loyalty and care for her mother-in-law, Naomi, after both women are widowed—which results in Ruth marrying into the line from which the Davidic dynasty later descends.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ruth
Ruth (רוּת‎, ruth, Ῥούθ, Rhouth). A Moabite woman who leaves her homeland with her Israelite mother-in-law and comes to live in Bethlehem as a resident alien, eventually becoming the great-grandmother of King David. The events of her life are recorded in the Old Testament book of Ruth. Ruth is noted for
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ruth (Person)
Ruth (Person). Moabitess and the widow of Mahlon, the son of Naomi and Elimelech, who were Ephrathites from Bethlehem living in Moab because of a severe famine in Judah. Upon the death of Elimelech and Naomi’s two sons, Naomi returned to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law Ruth during the time of the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ruth (Person)
RUTH (Person) Moabitess and the widow of Mahlon, the son of Naomi and Elimelech, who were Ephrathites from Bethlehem living in Moab because of a severe famine in Judah. After the death of Elimelech and Naomi’s two sons, Naomi returned to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law Ruth during the time of the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ruth
Ruth (rooth; Heb., probably “satiation”), the Moabite woman whose story is told in the book that bears her name. Ruth married a man from Judah, Mahlon, who was the son of Elimelech and Naomi. Both Elimelech and Mahlon died. Widowed and childless, Ruth left her homeland to accompany her mother-in-law,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ruth
RUTH. Moabitess who had the unique distinction of marrying two Jewish farmers, Mahlon (Ruth 4:10), one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi (1:2), and Boaz, a kinsman of Elimelech (4:3). In wholeheartedly endorsing these marriages, Elimelech’s family either ignored the statute preserved in Deut 23:3–4
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ruth
RUTH (Heb. rûṯ, perhaps contracted from re‘ûṯ, ‘female companion’). Ruth is the heroine of the book which bears her name (see next article). She was a Moabitess who lived in the time of the Judges.In her own land Ruth had married Mahlon (Ru. 4:10), the elder son of Elimelech and Naomi, Israelites
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ruth
Ruth (Heb. rûṯ; Gk. Rhouth)A Moabite, the widow of the Judahite Mahlon (Ruth 1:2–5); the central figure of the book of Ruth, and an ancestor of David and Jesus (Matt. 1:5; cf. Ruth 4:17–22).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ruth
Ruth [rōōth] (Heb. rûṯ “companion” or “satiation [?]”; Gk. Rhouth). A Moabite, the widow of the Judahite Mahlon (Ruth 1:2–5). She is the central figure of the book of Ruth, and an ancestor of David and Jesus (Matt. 1:5; cf. Ruth 4:17–22).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ruth
Ruth (a female friend), a Moabitish woman, the wife, first of Mahlon, secondly of Boaz, the ancestress of David and of Christ, and one of the four women who are named by St. Matthew in the genealogy of Christ. A severe famine in the land of Judah induced Elimelech, a native of Bethlehem-ephratah, to
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Ruth
RUTH (rūth, “a female friend”). A Moabitess, first the wife of Mahlon and then of Boaz, and an ancestress of David and of Christ.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Ruth
Rutha friend, a Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, whose father, Elimelech, had settled in the land of Moab. On the death of Elimelech and Mahlon, Naomi came with Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who refused to leave her, to Bethlehem, the old home from which Elimelech had migrated. There she had a rich relative,
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Ruth
RuthRuth (Heb., probably ‘satiation’), a Moabite who married Mahlon of the Judahite family of Elimelech. Widowed and childless, she abandoned her family, country, and faith to accompany her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem. Her radical actions continued as she secured food for herself and Naomi and
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Relatives
Salmon Father-In-Law
Elimelech Father-In-Law
Naomi Mother-In-Law
Rahab Mother-In-Law
Boaz Husband
Mahlon Husband
Obed Son
Jesse Grandson
Boaz Relative
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