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Bible Trivia: Three Great Romances of the Bible
Ruth and Boaz
The courtship of Ruth and Boaz is fascinating, endearing, and rich in unusual cultural customs. We come to a greater understanding of the value of virtue, respect, humility and kindness between a man and woman during their courtship and marriage.
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Naomi and Ruth's journey from Moab to Bethlehem
The Significance of Bethlehem
Ruth was a native of Moab, a country not well thought of to the people of Israel. Ruth left her homeland and went to live in Israel, her mother-in-law's native land. They settled in Bethlehem where Naomi's late husband's family were and where he owned land.
Boaz and Ruth married and lived in Bethlehem and gave birth to Obed. Obed grew up and had a son, Jesse. Jesse grew up and had a son, David, king of Israel. Bethlehem became known as the city of David. Boaz, Obed, Jesse and David are all named in the lineage of Christ.
Christ was born in Bethlehem, the City of David.
Jacob and Rachel
Love at first sight! The minute Jacob laid eyes on Rachel he knew she was the one. Although waiting and patience were not his forte, because of his deep and abiding love for her he was willing wait for a very long time. Little did he know just how long it would be and how much he would have to put up with from her father.
The Lovers in Song of Songs
The Song of Songs means "The best song", and the book is written as a dramatic poem, or set of poems. It is the story of two lovers, newlyweds most likely, who yearn for each other. There are different parts and characters in this story.
Lover: the husband whom many believe to be Solomon himself
Beloved: the wife
Friends: Maidens, or daughters of Jerusalem.
Many say Song of Songs represents a picture of God's love for his people (or Christ's love for His Church), or simply a true story given to us to see the beauty of marital love. Regardless, Song of Songs is filled with graphic, sensual professions of love between the Lover and his Beloved.
Out of the three, which story did you like best?
Where to find their stories
Boaz and Ruth:
Ruth 2 - 4
Jacob and Rachel:
Genesis 29 - 30, 35
The Lover and his Beloved:
Song of Songs
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