Husband of Ruth and great-grandfather of David. More goes to the city Gates are openings in walls or fences for entrance and departure. In the Bible (as in Ruth and the prophets) the city gate was a commercial center where business and social transactions took place. In Amos the gate is the location of the law court... More to negotiate with the nearer “next-of-kin,” who is not named.
In chapter 4, the venue changes to the gate. In Scripture, city gates are important both historically and as literary devices. The ancient city gate functioned in 4 ways: as the all-important entry and exit point of the city, as the place where guards stood by for protection; as the place for community gatherings (like the town square of 19th-century American literature); and as the equivalent of a courthouse where legal issues were settled. In the Book of The great-grandmother of David More, the gate is both the courthouse and the community gathering place.
In a bit of humor, we are introduced to the nearer next-of-kin who is marked with an epithet rather than graced by a name. He is called peloni almoni, loosely translated as “What’s his name.” He saunters by. Boaz gathers the legal 10 male Elders are leaders who exercise wisdom or leadership by virtue of their age and experience. In the New Testament elders, along with the chief priests and scribes, constituted the primary opposition to Jesus when he taught in Jerusalem. More and then reels the nearest next-of-kin in like a fish on a line. The underlying issues are the role of kinship, the constitution of family, and the status of the immigrant.