Ruth 2:4
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4  Presently Boaz arrived from Beit Lechem. He greeted the reapers, “Hashem be with you!” And they responded, “Hashem bless you!”

v’-hi-nay VO-az BA mi-BAYT LE-khem va-YO-mer la-ko-tz’-REEM a-do-NAI i-ma-KHEM va-YO-m’-ru LO y’-va-re-kh’-KHA a-do-NAI

ד  וְהִנֵּה־בֹעַז בָּא מִבֵּית לֶחֶם וַיֹּאמֶר לַקּוֹצְרִים יְהֹוָה עִמָּכֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהֹוָה׃

 2:4   Presently Boaz arrived from Beit Lechem

In Hebrew, Bethlehem is Beit Lechem (בית לחם), which means ‘House of Bread.’ In ancient times, Beit Lechem was full of fields of wheat and grains for harvesting, which is why it is significant that so much of the story of Rut takes place during the harvest season, specifically in Beit Lechem. In 2012, archeological evidence of the biblical town of Beit Lechem was discovered. A clay seal was uncovered in the City of David in Jerusalem with the inscription “from Beit Lechem to the king,” presumably sealing a package containing a tax payment in the seventh or eighth century BCE.

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  • Sally meredith

    I disagree with the commentaries for this reason. There was a little girl named Ruth that needed to get to Bethlehem to fulfill prophecy and become the grandmother of David and then the long lineage to Jesus the Messiah. How was she going to get to Bethlehem without someone going o her and bringing her.
    Therefore Elemelek means “my God is Kimg” counteracting his time in Judges when the people wanted a king. Elemelek and Naomi were moved by the God of Israel to leave and follow Him. He led them to the area of Ruth. The rest of the story is history. A couple were led by God. Ruth was also led by God. Elemelek has gotten a bad rap. He was godly. Take another look

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