The Wife of Jesus is the ethnee

The people being the righteous children of God from the beginning.

"The righteous people being the ones invited out
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her"
Matthew 16:18

The ones having been scattered following the divorce,

that he could present her to himself glorious, being the ones invited out.


Ruth, is she a Hebrew or a gentile

The book of Matthew opens with the genealogy of Jesus and it is also in the book of Luke through Joseph. In the book of Matthew, we find a woman named Ruth, who is included in the genealogy. I have read books on the fact that Ruth was a gentile in the lineage of Jesus.

Before continuing, here is an examination question. Was Ruth a gentile or a Hebrew? Make a mental note of your answer. And, we have the same question in the examination at the end of this lesson. Go to the book of Ruth, of the Old Testament for the genealogy of the woman, Ruth. In the first verse we have to make a correction.

All text show in Red will be from the Authorized Version.

All text show in Blue will be from the interlinear of the Greek Letter Text.

“And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab.”

The word Bethlemjudah should read as Bethlehem of Judah. This established that in most likelihood that these families are Judahites that have left their homeland and went to the country of Moab because there was a famine in the land of Judah, which is located from Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee. These families are Ephrathites. Naomi and her husband went down to the land of Moab. The people of Moab were descendants of Lot who had fathered the son through his own daughter of a Canaanite wife in the land of Sodom and Gomorrah. The son had been rejected because of the Canaanite wife, just the same as those children of Abraham, because of the Canaanite wives. God had rejected Canaan soon after the deluge. Naomi, Elimelech and their two sons, Mahion and Chilion dwelled in the land of Moab. Naomi’s husband dies in the land leaving her with the two sons. The two sons took wives of the women in Moab. Now let us not jump to conclusion that the wives are both Moabites because they married in the land of Moab.

Both Mahlon and Chilion, died leaving behind two widows, Orpah and Ruth who dwelled with Naomi. Naomi then rose up to return from the land of Moab to the land of her nativity in Bethlehem of Judah. She gave instructions for the two daughters-in-law to return to their own mother’s house and the Lord will deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead, and with me.

Ruth 1:15;

“And she said, Behold they sister-in-law (Orpah) is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods;”

Here we see that Orpah was a gentile, who was returning to her false gods in her homeland. She was a Moabite. However, does that mean that Ruth is also a Moabite?

After a discussion, they returned to the land of Judah. They returned to the land near Bethlehem where the next of kin of Naomi lived. It was a large family with several generations living in the city and working in the country on the farm.

Ruth 2:1;

“And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me go into the field and glean ears of corn after (him) (rather it should say,” the reapers.”)

Boaz went to the field where the reapers were working. Ruth followed along behind them picking up what they had missed. Also working in the field were the damsels of Boaz.

Ruth 2:8;

“Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field. Neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens. ...Have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee?”

Two things to take note of here: Boaz referred to her as my daughter, and the young men were not to touch her. If she had been a gentile woman these young men would not have treated her kindly, for the Hebrews considered the gentiles to be dogs. One can only guess what they would have done to her if she had been alone in the field as a young gentile woman.

Boaz reminded her that she had left the land of her father and mother, the land of her nativity, and was to come to a people, which she didn’t know.

Naomi heard the reports from Ruth of her encounter with Boaz.

Ruth 2:20;

“The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next of kinsmen.”

Naomi established that Ruth was also a kin to those of this community. To confirm this, we have to go the next chapter after Ruth went down to the place where the grain was separated from the chaff. She followed the instructions of her mother-in-law as to what to do. Boaz has just discovered a woman sleeping under his skirt at his feet when he awakened after drinking too much at the evening party. Ruth had slipped in softly to lie under his skirt before he had awakened at midnight.

Ruth 3:9;

“And he said, Who art thou? and she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid. Spread therefore they skirt over thine handmaid, for thou art a near kinsman. And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter. ...And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman; howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.”

Ruth establishes that she also is a near kinsman of Boaz. Boaz also confirms that he knew he was a near kinsman to Ruth. To be a near kinsman, she would have to be a Hebrew of the line of Abraham. Boaz then reconfirms that he is a near kinsman and there is a kinsman nearer than he. Boaz said that if the first kinsman does not do the part then he will assume the near of kinsman to her.

“as the Lord liveth, lie down until the morning.”

Boaz returns to the city and sits down at the gate of the city until the one closer of kin came along. He invited him to sit down and he gathered ten elders of the city to witness the discussion between the two kinsmen. Boaz repeats the history of Naomi, returning from Moab, and indicates that she desires to sell the parcel of land, which belonged to her brother Elimelech. During the discussion concerning the parcel, Ruth was to be included with the property. The first kinsman refused, lest he mars his inheritance, and he allowed Boaz to make the purchase, which the ten elders from the city witnessed. The elders agreed that they witnessed the transaction and began to repeat that Ruth was to be like many of the women of the family and raise an inheritance for him. Boaz married Ruth and she bore a son. If Ruth had been a gentile, Boaz would never have married her, for the Hebrews long had the instructions from the time of Moses that they were not to marry Canaanite women. God had given instructions to Moses that the Hebrews were not to marry the Canaanites, for they had been rejected. The Hebrews had no dealing with the gentiles among whom they lived.

Ruth 4:17;

“And the women, her neighbors gave it a name, saying; There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed; he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.”

The book of Ruth had to be written many generations later for the writer to include that Ruth was the Great great grandmother of King David.

In addition, when we read the genealogy of Jesus we can know that Ruth was a near kinsman to the one who refused to marry her, and Boaz married Ruth. The first kinsman missed the opportunity to be included in the genealogy and was left un-named. I believe that Ruth is one of the two woman named in the genealogy, Tamar being other, other than his mother, Mary, who produced Jesus, the one anointed.

Now, for the repeat examination: Is Ruth a gentile or a Hebrew?


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