Creepy Ruth (Ruth 1-4)

I got very excited when I realized the next book I’d be reading in the Bible would have a female as its protagonist. Then I saw that it was only four chapters long. Then I saw that her story is basically how she lands herself a man. Very glum indeed.

Ruth was married to one of Naomi’s sons until he died. Ruth winds up saddled with her mother-in-law (uh!) looking for a place to set up shop. The two of them find themselves near some barley and wheat fields where there are a few of Naomi’s kinsmen. This guy Boaz takes a shine to them, in particular. Naomi gives Ruth some advice on how to snag him: “Wash therefore and annoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do” (Ruth 3:3-4). He certainly will. 

I must admit, the one good piece of advice here is to let the man finish his meal. Personally, I’m not much of a talker when a meal is particularly good, especially when it’s something that requires a lot of chewing, like beef tenderloin. A couple of weeks ago, I ran into this weirdo I went on a date with earlier in the year when I was en route to Pizza Pizza. It’s rare that I have pizza, and I was really looking forward to it. He kept talking and talking, and all I could think about was pizza. Inwardly, I cursed him for delaying the gratification of my pizza craving. He also refused to tell me the name of a jem of a karaoke bar he had been to that night because he “wasn’t sure [I’d] appreciate it”. Then he opened up his arms, offering me an unwanted hug like he was Father Christmas. What a douche. 

Anyways, this little trick of Ruth’s winds up working (even though I think it’s super-creepy) and Boaz takes her as his wife. She has a son by him so, according to biblical standards of female accomplishment, she can die a happy woman.

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