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Biblical Character
    Born in Bethlehem (Judea)
    Appears in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
    Wife of Elimelech; Mother to Marlon and Chilion
    Forced to migrate from their home in Judea to Moab
    Sons married native Moabites Ruth and Orpah
    Soon after lost both her husbands and sons, prompting her to return to Canaan
    Urged her daughters-in-law to remain in Moab, but was refused by Ruth who chose to stay by her side
    Daughter-in-law eventually remarried to Boaz, a wealthy kinsman
    Portrayed by Peggy Wood in 'The Story of Ruth' (1960)
    Even though its called 'The Book of Ruth,' SHE is the central character.
    She spends the first half of the book complaining about how the hand of God is against her (which granted is understandable given her circumstances).
    When she returned to Bethlehem, she even told her neighbors to start referring to her not by Naomi ('good' or 'pleasant') but by the name 'Mara,' which means bitterness.
    She devised a plan for Ruth to basically seduce Boaz, in order to become his wife, which has been called 'feminine scheming' by some scholars (right down to uncovering the guy's feet, the skank).
    When Ruth and Boaz eventually do marry, and have a son together, their neighbors continue to say 'Naomi has a son.'
    Eleanor Audley (known as the voice of several of Disney's evil women) played in a 1958 episode of 'The Old Testament Scriptures.'
    Hers and Ruth's story has been used by many LGBT groups to claim that the Bible supports same-sex unions (even if its obvious their relationship wasn't a sexual one).
    She was shrewd.
    Her story is similar to that of <16114 Job (except for the sickness part).
    She suffered the pain of losing both her husband and her two children.
    When she returned home she was almost unrecognizable to the townspeople.
    Her faith in God was salvaged and revived by the kindness she experienced from Ruth, who worked tirelessly to provide for them both.
    She helped Ruth to reach the idyllic conclusion of the Book by telling her that Boaz - as next of kin - was her rightful betrothed.
    Her story was depicted in a series of William Blake engravings (only two of which survive).
    Ruth's famous speech given before her (‘For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge….’) is frequently read as part of marital rites passages, making it one of the oldest known professions of loyalty and love.
    She cared for her grand-child Enoch, as a nurse. Enoch would later be known as King David's grandfather, making Naomi David's 'great-great grandmother.'
    She has easily one of the top ten best mother/daughter-in-law relationships in the whole of human history.
    Her story is one of the few in the Old Testament showing the struggles of two poor women in a patriarchal male society (as a widow with no children her stature would have amounted to nothing).

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