"If you were the last man in Bethlehem, I would never give Naomi to you! Do you think I would stain her with your tainted blood? You are nothing but a dirty Canaanite, son of a Jericho whore. How dare you consider my daughter? Get out of this house!"
And so Boaz lost Naomi, the most beautiful bride in Bethlehem, to Elimelech. Instead, Yahweh God gave him Mena–then took her back. And now their son, Yatom, joy of his heart, was dying. Why were the anchors of his life swept away? Why would God punish him so? Did Yahweh, too, like jealous Tobeh, detest the foreign blood flowing in his veins?
With a cast of 89 characters and a plot that tugs at the heart, Terry Fivash, author of Joseph, breathes new life into the story of Ruth–singer of songs, faithful friend, and daughter of royalty. But with foreign blood, who would have her?
This is a story of Yahweh's harvest, the harvest of life. As the sun-golden grain ripens only through the rain, so He turns tragedy into blessing, and empties only to fill full. Our times are in His hand.
But back to the beginning. Young Boaz, at play in the fields of Bethlehem, little knew he was a special seedling in Yahweh’s garden. All he knew was that the raiders were coming . . .