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"For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God."
A short story set in the time of the Book of Judges , detailing how Ruth, a Moabite widow, finds a new husband.
Babies Ever After: The ending. And these are some pretty important babies too, since Ruth is the ancestor of David, and subsequently, an ancestor of Jesus.
Batman Gambit: How Boaz ensures he'll marry Ruth, and not the nearer kinsman redeemer. When bringing up the topic with him, Boaz mentions only the land to be reclaimed, and leaves out the detail about also marrying Ruth until the other redeemer agrees. Once the man hears about the sudden marriage detail, he promptly backs out for fear of endangering the ownership of his property.
Breather Episode: The previous book had Israel be invaded several times and its people turning wicked. Now it's time for the fluffy love story!
...in the Christian ordering, anyway. In the Jewish canonical ordering, Ruth is with the other literary books, in a different section of the Bible than Judges.
Broken Bird: Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law. When moving back to Israel, she tells the other women to not call her Naomi (meaning "pleasant") but Mara (meaning "bitter".) Luckily, her spirit recovers after Ruth's marriage and her gaining a grandson.
Chekhov's Gunman: It's only at the end of her story do we find out Ruth's significance; she's David's great-grandmother. And thus for Christians, the ancestor of Jesus.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: 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. He still lets her stay the night.
Loophole Abuse: 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.
Romantic False Lead: There's another family member of the tribe that's technically more qualified to marry Ruth and carry on the Levirate duties (i.e., first child born belongs to the family line of the dead husband, not to new hubby), but he backs out of the obligation.
Sacred Hospitality: Boaz going above and beyond the laws of generosity is one of his good points.