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Ruth a book of the Bible telling the story of Ruth, a Moabite woman, who when her husband died resolved to accompany her mother-in-law Naomi back to Judah, with the words, ‘Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goes, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.’

The two women returned to Judah, and through Naomi's agency Ruth married her deceased husband's kinsman Boaz and bore a son who became grandfather to King David. Ruth together with Naomi may be taken as a type of devotion; the image of Ruth herself, in her early days in Judah, may also be that of a lonely stranger.

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Ruth, book of the Bible. It tells a story, set in the days of the judges, of the fidelity of a Moabite widow (Ruth) to her widowed mother-in-law (Naomi). After the death of her husband in Moab, Ruth returns with Naomi to Bethlehem. There Ruth marries Naomi's kinsman, Boaz. Boaz and Ruth were ancestors of David. This idyll is one of the most popular of scriptural stories. Dates before and after the 6th-century exile have been suggested, but it was probably composed between 450 BC and 300 BC

See studies by E. F. Campbell (1975); D. Atkinson (1983); and R. Hubbard Jr. (1988). See also bibliography under Old Testament.

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Ruth Eighth book of the Old Testament recounting the story of Ruth, a young Moabite widow. It tells of her devotion to Naomi, her Hebrew mother-in-law; her decision to leave her own land and settle in Israelite territory; and her eventual marriage to the wealthy Boaz, whereby she becomes the great-grandmother of Israel's greatest leader, King David.

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Ruth. Opera in 1 act by L. Berkeley to lib. by E. Crozier based on Book of Ruth. Prod. London 1956. Also title of various 19th-cent. oratorios.

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ruth (arch.) pity. XII. f. RUE2. Survives in gen. use in ruthless XIV.

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ruthbuck tooth, couth, Duluth, forsooth, Maynooth, ruth, sleuth, sooth, strewth, tooth, truth, youth •eye tooth • dog-tooth • sawtooth •houndstooth • sabretooth

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