Ruth 2:1 – The Introduction of Boaz


Ruth 2:1


Boaz is introduced into the story after Naomi and Ruth arrive in Bethlehem.


At the beginning of chapter 2, we are introduced to Boaz whose name in Hebrew means “strength,” a name he shares with one of the literal pillars of the temple (2 Chronicles 3:17).  He is importantly both a relative of Naomi’s late husband and “a man of worth,” “a man of value” (in Hebrew,‘ish gibbor ayil). The Hebrew word hayil can designate military strength, wealth, and/or strength of character. This description invites certain questions: 

Does the value, the worth, of Boaz really come from his wealth or is there more?  What makes someone a person of “value” or “worth”?