Ruth the Matriarch

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Old Testament matriarch, and the subject of the Old Testament Book of Ruth. Born to a pagan family, she married a Jewish man. Widowed, she was facing starvation when her mother-in-law, Naomi, urged her to return to her own people. But Ruth declared that the people of God were now her people, their God her God, and she returned to Israel. She married Boaz, and became a mother. Her great-grandson was King David, and further down the family tree was Jesus.

Name Meaning

  • the compassionate, beautiful friend (hebrew)



  • woman gleaning a well-harvested field of grain
Additional Information


Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! for wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God. – Ruth 1:16, NAB

MLA Citation

  • “Ruth the Matriarch“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2021. Web. 22 June 2021. <>