Biography of Boaz

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Husband of Ruth

Some facts about Boaz:
Boaz means “fleetness” or “alacrity”
Mentioned in Ruth, 1 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles
Ancestor of King David
Wealthy landowner
Lived sometime around 1100 BC
Related to Naomi and Ruth by marriage

Boaz was a wealthy landowner living in Bethlehem who took care of Naomi when her husband Elimelech died. For her sake, he also took care of her daughter-in-law, Ruth. He was a kinsman-redeemer for Ruth, who was a young widow. Together they had a son, Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Read the story of Boaz in Ruth 1-4 .


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