|Moab's in purple|
Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. (Ruth 1:16-17)
|Chemosh; Got no use for you, dude|
That's some loyalty, right there. Loyalty to family, to clan, to God. And it paid off. Ruth was out gleaning the fields in the gloaming of the day when she caught the eye of a materially comfortable fellow named Boaz. Ruth and Boaz married, taking Naomi with them of course. The House of David (and thus the genealogy of Jesus) and be traced to Ruth, making her a big deal for Christians as well as Jews. For some, she's a symbol of the conversion process -- salvation is open to all. For others, she's a symbol of the virtue of loyalty and familial ties. Still for others, she is a link in the chain that connects Judaism and Christianity as houses of worship in the same holy district.