By Tamar Messer, a highly talented and respected Israeli artist and teacher.
The Book of Ruth contains 13 magnificent illustrations that tell the story of Shavuot. This elegant edition in full color is printed on artistic paper in Hebrew and English.
The name Ruth means 'mercy.' The story shows that God's grace and mercy extend beyond Israel to include all peoples.
Ruth can be read as a drama in four acts, with a prologue and epilogue attached. The prologue tells us how Naomi, her husband and two sons went to Moab, where her sons married. Eventually, Naomi's husband and sons died, and she decided to return to Bethlehem in Judea.
In the first act, Naomi tells her Moabite daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, to stay in Moab. Orpah eventually agreed, but Ruth refused to leave Naomi and accompanied her to Bethlehem. The next act sees Ruth gathering barley in the fields of Naomi's relative, Boaz, who showed special concern for Ruth.
The third act takes place at the threshing floor where, at Naomi's instigation, Ruth hides until Boaz falls asleep and then quietly lies down by his feet. When Boaz awakes, Ruth expresses her desire to marry him according to the custom of the kinsman-redeemer. But Boaz tells her that another man has a prior claim. Finally, at the city gate, the other relative renounces his claim, and Boaz marries Ruth. The epilogue relates Naomi's joy at this turn of events and then lists some of Ruth's descendants, including David.
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