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Boaz

BOAZ (bō'ăz, Heb. bō’az). A well-to-do Bethlehemite in the days of the judges who became an ancestor of Jesus by marrying Ruth, the Moabitess, widow of one of the sons of Elimelech (Ruth.2.1-Ruth.2.23-Ruth.4.1-Ruth.4.22). This was in accordance with the levirate law of Deut.25.5-Deut.25.10; Boaz could marry Ruth only after the nearer kinsman (Ruth.3.12; Ruth.4.1-Ruth.4.8) had refused the privilege—or the duty. The other refused because if he had married Ruth and had had a son, a portion of his property would have gone to the credit of Elimelech’s posterity, instead of his own by a former marriage. It is impossible to date Boaz exactly, because the genealogy of Ruth.4.18-Ruth.4.22 (given in Matt.1.4-Matt.1.6) is almost certainly a partial list, giving ten names to cover eight hundred years. The list in Matt.1.1-Matt.1.25 is demonstrably schematic, as it omits names of four kings, and this one in Ruth is almost as surely partial also. They are both accurate but, like most genealogies,