A Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, whose father, Elimelech, had settled in the land of Moab. On the death of Elimelech and Mahlon, Naomi came with Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who refused to leave her, to Bethlehem, the old home from which Elimelech had migrated. There she had a rich relative, Boaz, to whom Ruth was eventually married. She became the mother of Obed, the grandfather of David. Thus Ruth, a Gentile, is among the maternal progenitors of Christ.1
Her story is told in the Book of Ruth. It gives (1) an account of Naomi's going to Moab with her husband, Elimelech, and of her subsequent return to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law; (2) the marriage of Boaz and Ruth; and (3) the birth of Obed, of whom David sprang. The book is traditionally ascribed to Samuel.
- Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.
- Ruth 1-4.
This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.