History Literature / BookOfRuth

19th Aug '17 4:06:24 AM VicGeorge2011
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A short story set in the time of the Literature/BookOfJudges , detailing how Ruth, a Moabite widow, finds a new husband.

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A short story set in the time of the Literature/BookOfJudges , Literature/BookOfJudges, detailing how Ruth, a Moabite widow, finds a new husband.husband. That new husband, as it turns out, is a relative of her mother-in-law Naomi's husband, and part of the lineage that would produce King David (and, according to Christians, the Messiah and Savior Jesus Christ).
3rd Jul '17 10:00:31 AM ShaiPa
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* SequelHook: The genealogy at the end connects this story to the [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel Davidic kingship]].

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* SequelHook: The genealogy at the end connects this story to the [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel Davidic Davidic]] [[Literature/BooksOfKings kingship]].
3rd Jul '17 9:51:13 AM ShaiPa
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The bit about Ruth uncovering Boaz's feet while he slept as part of getting him to marry her. Biblical scholars debate that Ruth did more than just expose Boaz's feet that night. But because this is the good romantic story in the Bible, Boaz puts a stop to it. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still lets her stay the night.]]

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* GetTheeToANunnery: The reference to Boaz’s feet may have meant more than his “feet.”
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The bit about Ruth uncovering Boaz's feet while he slept as part of getting him to marry her. Biblical scholars debate that Ruth [[GetTheeToANunnery did more than just expose Boaz's feet that night. night]]. But because this is the good romantic story in the Bible, [[ChasteHero Boaz puts a stop to it.it]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still lets her stay the night.]]


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* MalignedMixedMarriage: Averted (maybe). Despite laws about intermarriage, there is no explicit critique about either Chilion (Naomi's son) or Boaz marrying Ruth. However, in Chilion’s case, he dies, which [[ImpliedTrope some interpret]] as punishment for both leaving Israel and marrying a Moabite. In Boaz’s case, Ruth adopts the Israelite religion, so this is less of a problem.


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* MatzoFever: Ruth [[UpToEleven to the extreme]]!


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* PresentAbsence: This is the first book of the Bible (in the Christian ordering) where God takes no explicit actions or directly communicates with any of the people. Nevertheless, God is referenced by Ruth and Boaz, and the closing genealogy suggests to some God’s ultimate control over events.


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* SequelHook: The genealogy at the end connects this story to the [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel Davidic kingship]].


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* ShiksaGoddess: Ruth is THE UrExample.


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* TraumaCongaLine: Naomi goes through this in the first chapter: forced to flee Israel because of famine, her husband dies, and then both her sons die. Naomi lampshades this by renaming herself “Mara,” meaning “bitterness.”
3rd Jul '17 8:52:17 AM ShaiPa
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-->-- '''Ruth 1:16'''



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!!Tropes!!"For your tropes shall be my tropes"
7th May '17 11:37:04 AM Jeduthun
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* SecondLove: Ruth's first husband dies early in the book, and is barely mentioned afterward. Only one verse even tells us specifically which one of Naomi's sons he was (it was Mahlon).
1st May '17 2:17:19 PM Jeduthun
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* RescueRomance: Boaz catches Ruth's eye by helping save her and Naomi from starving through his generosity.
* RomancingTheWidow: Boaz to Ruth, although Ruth (with Naomi's collusion) did a fair bit of the romancing herself.
3rd Feb '17 11:25:56 AM Jeduthun
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* HopeSpot: In Judges.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ruth and Naomi; Ruth even abandons her family and homeland to stay with her mother-in-law.
* HopeSpot: In Judges.A mostly bright and heartwarming tale, especially when contrasted with the violent and bleak Literature/BookOfJudges.


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* TheMatchmaker: Naomi schemes to get Ruth and Boaz together.


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* QuoteMine: The familiar verse "Where you go I will go..." is sometimes quoted in marriage services. It does sound very romantic out of context, but in context Ruth is saying it to her ''mother-in-law''. They did evidently have [[HeterosexualLifePartners a very close relationship]], but ([[LesYay probably?]]) not ''that'' close.
27th Jun '16 4:35:34 PM piraml
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* AdaptationExpansion: The 1960 Hollywood version briefly shoehorns the basic elements of the Bible account into a new tale of espionage, child sacrifice, and escape from slavery.
9th Aug '14 3:47:28 PM Silverblade2
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** ...in the Christian ordering, anyway. In the Jewish canonical ordering, Ruth is with the other literary books, in a totally different section of the Bible than Judges.

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** ...in the Christian ordering, anyway. In the Jewish canonical ordering, Ruth is with the other literary books, in a totally different section of the Bible than Judges.
29th Jun '14 6:43:35 PM Jeduthun
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The bit about Ruth uncovering Boaz's feet while he slept as part of getting him to marry her. Biblical scholars debate that Ruth did more than just expose Boaz's feet that night. But because this is the good romantic story in the Bible, Boaz puts a stop to it. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still lets her stay the night]]

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The bit about Ruth uncovering Boaz's feet while he slept as part of getting him to marry her. Biblical scholars debate that Ruth did more than just expose Boaz's feet that night. But because this is the good romantic story in the Bible, Boaz puts a stop to it. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still lets her stay the night]]night.]]


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* LoopholeAbuse: There's another relative who's more legally eligible to marry Ruth than Boaz is, and is keen to acquire the property that would come with the marriage. Boaz figures out a way around this by persuading him it would be bad for his estate.


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* MeaningfulRename: After Naomi's husband and sons die, she tells her friends to call her "Mara," meaning "bitterness."


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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Boaz had something of a legal obligation to marry Ruth, but there's little doubt they were genuinely in love.


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* UnusualEuphemism: There are those who say that when Ruth uncovered Boaz's "feet", she was actually uncovering... a different body part.
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