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RUTH (meaning uncertain). A woman of Moab, who, like her mother-in-law Naomi, and her sister-in-law Orpah, was left a widow. On Naomi desiring to return to her own people in Bethlehem-Judah which she had left with her husband owing to a famine Ruth refused to leave her, and the two returned together to Bethlehem. Here she became the wife of Boaz , and bore him Obed, who became the father of Jesse; she therefore figures in the genealogy of Christ ( Matthew 1:5 ). See, further, the next article.

W. O. E. Oesterley.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ruth'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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