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Ruth and Boaz
 

The two women have already suffered a lot. Naomi returns home in Israel, as Ruth the Moabite adventure into the unknown. She leaves behind his family, his country, its customs and gods. Back to the exemplary faith of Ruth, one of the women, Esther, whose name was given to a  book of the Bible
                   
 

Ruth gleaning   
 

RF 4383
 
Marble
Pierre BONNARDEL
 
Richelieu
Napoleon III apartments
Room 90

 
Executed in Rome in 1855,
marble was acquired by
the Department of State to
heirs of the sculptor in 1857.


Cataloged in 1863 in the gallery
Introductory Ministry
the Louvre, he stayed in the scene,
assigned successively

Department of State and the Ministry
Finance, finally in the Louvre.
                   
" Now in the days when the judges administered justice, a famine occurred in the land; and a man went from Beth′le·hem in Judah to reside as a foreigner in the fields of Mo′ab, he along with his wife and his two sons. The man’s name was E·lim′e·lech, his wife’s name was Na·o′mi. " (Ruth 1: 1-2,). With these words begins the exciting story of Ruth. This story, a sort of little drama in 3 acts, consists of three episodes, each with its distinct theater: Ruth and Boaz field, the threshing floor, one of the gates of Bethlehem.

A family drama that presents profound lessons

 
Ruth grew up in Moab
a small country to the east
of the Dead Sea.

"The Moab trays" have often
fertile ground for agriculture.
It's famine Naomi and decided to
leave her husband their country,
Israel, to establish themselves
as foreign residents in this region.

The Moabites worshiped many
gods, whose main: Kemosh
(Numbers 9:29 p.m.).

The Moabite religion was
not exempt from the brutality
and routine horrors at the time,
as child sacrifice.

 
 
"Where you go I will go,

and now your people

is my people,

and thy God my God.
                   
But Ruth said: “Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from accompanying you; for where you go I will go, and where you spend the night, I will spend the night. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May Jehovah do so to me and add to it if anything but death should separate me from you.” (Ruth 1:16-17) It is interesting to note that Ruth did not use only the impersonal title " God " as would many foreigners. She uses her own name. It is a way for the writer to emphasize that this is a foreign disciple of the true God.
                   
 
 
A short story
 
a major work
 
 
  The book of Ruth has been described
as a miniature masterpiece.
This family drama has deep lessons about love, loss of a loved one, faith and fidelity.

Ruth, a single book in the Old Testament

It has been said that this book is unique in the Old Testament, where we nowhere find a point of order intimate family story, exposed in such detail.
                   
 

“ Now Na·o′mi had a relative on her husband’s side who was very wealthy; his name was Bo′az, and he was of the family of E·lim′e·lech. Ruth the Mo′ab·i·tess said to Na·o′mi: “Let me go out, please, to the fields and glean among the ears of grain behind whoever looks on me with favor.” So Na·o′mi said to her: “Go, my daughter.” At that she went out and began to glean in the field behind the harvesters. By chance she came upon a plot of land belonging to Bo′az, who was of the family of E·lim′e·lech.” - Ruth 2: 1-3

 
                   
       
   

Ruth and Boaz

   
   
Ruth et Booz  RF 1961-41    École française seconde moitié
du XVIIIe siècle      Sully 2ème   Lyon   salle C
   
                   
 

“ Now Na·o′mi had a relative on her husband’s side who was very wealthy; his name was Bo′az, and he was of the family of E·lim′e·lech. Ruth the Mo′ab·i·tess said to Na·o′mi: “Let me go out, please, to the fields and glean among the ears of grain behind whoever looks on me with favor.” So Na·o′mi said to her: “Go, my daughter.” At that she went out and began to glean in the field behind the harvesters. By chance she came upon a plot of land belonging to Bo′az,+ who was of the family of E·lim′e·lech. Just then Bo′az arrived from Beth′le·hem and said to the harvesters: “Jehovah be with you.” And they replied: “Jehovah bless you.” Bo′az then asked the young man in charge of the harvesters: “To whom does this young woman belong?” The young man in charge of the harvesters answered: “The young woman is a Mo′ab·i·tess who returned with Na·o′mi from the fields of Mo′ab. She asked, ‘Please, may I glean and gather among the cut-off ears of grain left behind by the harvesters?’ And she has been on her feet since she came this morning until just now, when she sat in the shelter for a short rest.” Then Bo′az said to Ruth: “Listen, my daughter. Do not go away to glean in another field, and do not go anywhere else; stay close by my young women. Keep your eyes on the field that they harvest, and go with them. I have commanded the young men not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the young men have drawn.” At that she fell facedown and bowed down to the ground and said to him: “How have I found favor in your eyes, and why have you taken notice of me, when I am a foreigner? ”. - Ruth 2: 5-10

 
                   
       
   

The Summer, or Ruth and Boaz  inv 7304  Poussin 

   
   
L'Eté ou Ruth et Booz   inv 7304  Nicolas POUSSIN 1660 - 1664
Richelieu 2ème salle 16   
Ruth Boaz gets permission to glean in his fields.
   
                   
While from Joshua to Samuel Hebrew poetry breathes hard fighting, the little book of Ruth the gleaner offers an array of the most naive simplicity and an inexpressible charm Goethe called the most delicious poem we have sent the muse of epic and romance. The smallest details are consistent with the circumstances of time, place, people, as we know the characters are also painted from life. How could they thought to relate so closely to King David odious people of Moab, if the fact had not been sure?
                   
 

“ Bo′az answered her: “A full report was made to me of all you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your relatives to go to a people whom you had not known before. May Jehovah reward you for what you have done, and may there be a perfect wage for you from Jehovah the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge. ”- Ruth 2: 11,12

 
                   
In the ancient Near East, widows were not treated well. After the death of her husband, she often depended on his son; if she did not, she could arrive to sell into slavery, to engage in prostitution or even die. The law given by Yahweh to Israel was different and contained many provisions to the poor. - Leviticus 19: 9,10

Ruth, an historical book ?

 

An historical book ?

   

“May there be a perfect wage for you from Jhvh the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”

 
                   
The Book of Ruth was obviously made to preserve the memory of a touching episode that involved the family of David, and to establish the range of a number of his ancestors. And show how a woman of foreign origin, born in the middle of a pagan people hostile and hateful to Israel, became providentially, because of his love for the nation and the worship of Yahweh, the grandmother of King David . AA173

This marriage by purchase (leviratic) has allowed to preserve intact the royal line of Judah, who was to lead to David, and finally to the great David, Jesus Christ. - Matthew 1: 3-5
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   

 





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