The fourth and final chapter of Ruth is where it gets good (unless you’re Ruth). She marries Boaz, who is related to her. God loves him some incest.
“Then Boaz said, ‘On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.’” – Ruth 4:5
And just like that the Bible returns to its normal misogynistic self. This verse makes it very clear Ruth is nothing more than a piece of property that belongs to the land being sold. Disgusting.
“I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!” – Ruth 4:10
Not only is Ruth a piece of property, but Boaz acquires her as his wife. Ruth has no say in the matter.
“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.” – Ruth 4:13
So there you have it. Back to rape in the Bible. Boaz purchased Ruth like a piece of property, MADE her his wife, and then raped her to have a son. I say ‘rape’ because Ruth had no choice in the marriage.
“Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, ‘Naomi has a son!’ And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” – Ruth 4:16-17
This sets the tone for the upcoming chapters.
The fourth chapter of Ruth is the last chapter in this very short book. There’s very little of worth in this book as far as I’m concerned. Not much is said in the first three chapters and the fourth chapter turns back to misogyny and rape. According to the Bible, Ruth’s sole purpose is to birth the line of David. That’s all the Bible cares for when it comes to women. Can they give birth to powerful sons? If so, great. If not, they suck and are not worth mentioning.
Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 1: The Birth of Samuel