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Ruth, Honored among the Forebears of Christ the Messiah

Through Ruth, a Moabite, the universality of the messianic promise was foreshadowed

By: Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan

Ruth, Honored among the Forebears of Christ the Messiah: Through Ruth, a Moabite, the universality of the messianic promise was foreshadowed by Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan

Ruth is one of the people in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus’ ancestors—a reading that prepares us for Christ’s nativity. Through the Book of Ruth, we encounter this woman who upended the cultural expectations of her time.

The Book of Ruth reflects on aspects of life during the tribal period and highlights the precarious situation of widows without sons, personified...

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