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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Continuing Significance of the Story of Ruth

While early Judaism came to regard careful observance of the Torah as the key to its future, the book of Ruth shows three people whose relationships with each other are based not on obligations but on love and concern for another in need. Such relationships have significance far beyond the lives of the three people involved directly. Jesus develops these insights in his Sermon on the Mount in which he calls his followers to go beyond the commandments—as irreplaceable as they are. The charming story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz shows that an ethical system fulfills its purpose if those who accept it learn to go beyond its requirements. The Torah asserts that no Moabite is to be admitted into the Israelite community (Dt 23, 4 ). But the book of Ruth presents a Moabite woman whose actions on behalf of her Israelite mother‐in‐law proceeded from love that ignored religious and ethnic boundaries, which serve to keep people from responding to each other in love. The book of Ruth, then, presents this young Moabite woman to its readers and suggests that they follow her example. The ending of the book wishes readers to recognize that, when people give of themselves for the sake of others, they find their truest happiness. This paradox lies at the heart of the book of Ruth and makes it the charming and admirable story that it is.

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