tTexts and traditions- Outcome one
Where does the action take place?
The action starts in Israel however, due to the famine, the family moves to Moab. After Naomi, Ruth and Orpah are left as widows, they move back to Bethlehem-Judah, in Israel. Who are the Characters in the text?
Elimelech- the husband of Naomi and father of Mahlon and Chilion Naomi- the wife of Elimelech and mother of Mahlon and Chilion Mahlon- son of Elimelech and Naomi
Chilion- son of Elimelech and Naomi
Ruth- wife of the Mahlon
Orpah- wife of the Chilion
Boaz- the relative of Elimelech and the second husband of Ruth Obed- son of Ruth and Boaz
Write a brief description of what happens in this text?
Because of a famine in Israel, a Hebrew family moved to Moab. This was a country not far from Israel on the east side of the Dead Sea. The family was from the city of Bethlehem-Judah in Israel. Elimelech and his wife Naomi had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. Each of them married a wife from Moab. In time Elimelech and his two sons died which left the three widows in Moab. After her husband’s death, Naomi planned to return to Bethlehem-Judah to be with family. She prepared to leave her two daughters-in-law. However, they begged to be able to go with her. She said that she had no more children and even if she were to marry again and bear sons that the two daughters would not be able to wait for them to grow up. She planned to return to Israel alone and empty. One of the daughters-in-law, Orpah, returned to her people in Moab. The other daughter-in-law, Ruth, said that she would stay with Naomi. It was during this conversation that Ruth said these words which have become the basis for many Christian wedding vows: “In treat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goes, I will go; and where thou lodges, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou dies, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more...
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