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A landowner in Bethlehem in Judah who lived “when the judges ruled” Israel (twelfth century BCE) and whose story is told in the book named after his wife, Ruth. He was kind to Ruth, a Moabite widow of his kinsman Mahlon, whose mother, Naomi, was the sole survivor of an Ephrathite family. He agreed to take Ruth as his wife, and their son Obed became the grandfather of David the king (Ruth 4:21); (1Chr 2:9-15; Matt 1:3-6; Luke 3:31-33). See Jachin and Boaz.

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.