12" x 24"
Cold-Cast Bronze $3,600
Limited Edition 18
The story of Ruth is one of unhesitating acceptance and fervent devotion. When prominent Jewish merchant, Elimelech, took his wife, Naomi, and two sons to settle in Moab to escape the famine in Israel, Ruth befriended the family. When one of the sons asked her to marry him she was elated even though it meant abandoning her status as a Moabite princess. Following her innermost convictions, she embraced life among the Jewish people whose beliefs, laws and customs she revered. They stayed for ten years during which time Elimelech and both sons died.
Naomi was destitute and decided to return to Israel. She beseeched her daughters-in-law to return to their families and start new lives. One tearfully departed but Ruth was wholly devoted and would not leave her. She said, "… Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you sleep, I will sleep. Your nation is my nation, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. …" When they reached Naomi's town, they were ignored because people remembered that Elimelech deserted the community during hard times.
Ruth went to gather grains that were left for the poor in the fields of Boaz, a cousin of Elimelech's. He noticed her modesty and piety and the workers were told to treat her kindly. At the end of the harvest, Naomi told Ruth to approach Boaz, an act which could have brought her great shame if he rejected her. But she trusted Naomi and Boaz understood that it was right for him to marry Ruth to keep a Jewish custom which would carry on the name of her husband after his death.
Ruth bore Oved who had a son named Yishai. His son was David who became the first king of Israel and whose royal line would eventually produce the Messiah. The side panel depicts this royal family tree.