Articles Archive for 20 August 2011
Life of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Born to the French nobility; brother of Saint Humbeline. At age 22, fearing the ways of the world, he, four of his brothers, and 25 friends joined the abbey of …
The selection skips over some details: (a) the instructions that Naomi gives to Ruth about the the role of Boaz as their family’s "Redeemer"; (b) the meeting of Ruth and Boaz in his threshingfloow where Ruth practically asks Boaz to marry her; and (c) Boaz transacting for the right of redemption. This last is interesting because it gives us an idea of how rights are transferred in ancient Israel. Here, the sandal becomes a guarantee — some sort of certificate — that the right of being Naomi’s Goel (Redeemer) has been transferred to Boaz.