Sunday, December 16, 2018

Women of Advent - Ruth

This is the third Sunday of Advent,
and Ruth is the third woman
listed in the genealogy of Jesus according to Matthew 1:1-17.

Ruth is the eighth book of the Bible.

Because there was a famine in Israel,
a Hebrew family went to live in the neighboring country of Moab.
A woman named Naomi was the matriarch of the family.
Both of her sons married Moabite women, one of whom was Ruth.
Ruth was devoted to her new family
though she did not immediately share their faith.

After several years, Naomi's husband and both of her sons died.
Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem.  
Ruth insisted on going with Naomi
and pledged fealty to Naomi and to God.

When Ruth and Naomi arrived in Bethlehem, they were penniless, 
so Ruth went into the barley fields to glean.
A wealthy landowner named Boaz took notice of her;
he had been told of her incredible kindness to Naomi.

As it happened, Boaz was a relative of Naomi's late husband.  
This meant that Boaz could legally take Naomi and Ruth into his care.

Boaz boldly negotiated with another kinsman
 for the privilege of providing for the women. 
 Soon after, he very happily married Ruth. 
 They had a son named Obed.
Obed became the grandfather of King David.

Ruth / Women of Advent
Graphite / 5X7

The story of Ruth is a story of loyalty and love.
Words spoken by Ruth to Naomi
are often recited in contemporary wedding vows:

"Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, 
and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people
and your God my God."
Ruth 1:16

Class lesson: lost edges

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Will finish the series next Sunday
with Bathsheba.
I hope to see you then.


  1. Ruth 1:16 is so lovely and romantic, ohh. I love the story of Ruth, ever since I saw the movie as a child.

  2. Heroes all over the place in this story! Boaz rescued Ruth. Ruth rescued Naomi.

  3. The story of Ruth has long been one of my favorites. I love your depiction of her.

  4. Hello Chris,
    Wonderful words with beautiful images.
    Very nice!!

    Best regards,

  5. What a lovely story and wonderful wonderful drawing as ever, Chris. Thank you.

    A couple of years ago I featured Ruth's song sang by the Monks of Weston Priory, Vermont, in a short video I made.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you, Victor. Looking forward to heading over to YouTube to watch the video :)

  6. I love your series! Ruth looks wonderful !
    Looking forward to Bathsheba!
    Happy week!
    Big hugs, Susi

    1. Thank you so much, Susi. Hope you have a very happy week, too!

  7. A lovely portrait for a lovely woman. Both are an inspiration.

  8. Thank you for this history and another impressively beautiful drawing!
    Warm regards - Ulrike

  9. A beautiful beautiful portrait, so soft!

  10. Thank you for the re-telling of this wonderful Bible story and the fascinating image of Ruth!

  11. Beautiful story and beautiful portrait of Ruth!!! Merry Christmas Chris to you and your family!!!❤️

    1. Thank you, Hilda. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, too!!!

  12. Love this series and love the stories and the portraits !

  13. Chris, I love this series. I love the story of Ruth and that quote is one of my favorites. You did a beautiful job on this. I'm looking forward to seeing Bathsheba.

    1. Thank you, Candy. One of my favorite quotes, too :)

  14. Thank you very much for retelling the story. Your deep understanding of Bible amazes me. I'll look up the quoted section. Your created image of Ruth, too, interesting. Best wishes, Sadami

    1. Thank you, Sadami. Appreciate your lovely comment.

  15. All your portraits are so beautiful and moving. Just shows how close Christianity and Judaism are! All my daughters have Bible names. Ruth, Naomi, and Yael. All the best for the coming Holiday season!

    1. Thank you, Carol. You gifted your daughters with such beautiful names!

  16. I always enjoy my visits to your blog Chris.
    Many thanks for re-telling this Bible story. Loyalty and love... two such important words.

    I like your portrait of Ruth.

    All the best Jan

  17. A heartwarming story and a gorgeous graphite drawing!
    How do you decide which way the woman looks like? Have you a picture or artwork as a model?
    Warm regards, Rike