Was Ruth a Moabite?

Was Ruth a Moabite?

Ruth could not be a Moabite because she was the great grandmother of King David. King David was the third generation from Ruth and Boaz.  

Moabites were not allowed in the temple.  If you married a Moab, your descendants would not be allowed in the Temple for ten generations!  Read below: 

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:

King David was the 3rd Generation from Ruth and Boaz.  If Ruth had been a Moabite, she would not have BEEN allowed in the temple and her descendants could not go in the temple until the tenth Generation.  David was the third generation from Ruth and Boaz.  His father was Jesse, his grandfather was Obed and his great grandfather was Boaz.  If Ruth was a Moabite, KING DAVID WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE TEMPLE.

1Ch_2:11 And Nahshon begat Salma, and Salma begat Boaz,
1Ch_2:12 And Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse,

David went into the temple.  We see him in I Sam 21 going to get the temple Shewbread.  Also his descendants until the ten generation would not be allowd in the temple also.  We know that Solomon was in the temple.  HE DEDICATED THE TEMPLE!

The Bible records historical proof that the Amorites and Moabites were  pushed out of the land of Moab.  So the people who lived in Moab were THE ISRAELITES.   This means Ruth was from an Israelite tribe. Below is the proof:

Ruth 1:2 reads,

“In the days when the Judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him.

 God promised Judah “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes…” (Genesis 49:10).

God instructed the Israelites that they could not set a foreigner (non Israelite) King to rule over them.  All Kings had to be Israelites from the line of Judah.

Deu 17:15  Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

The Messiah was born as King of the Jews and King of Kings. He could NOT be a foreigner.

Ruth was an Israelite living in the land of Moab.  She was not of the Moabite lineage. We know that Joshua took control of the plains of Moab and the local residents were removed.  This territory north of the Arnon River, and east of the Jordan River, was occupied by the tribes of Israel known as Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh.  The three tribes to the east were said to live in the “land of Moab”.

“So the Lord our God also delivered into our hands Og king of Bashan, with all his people, and we attacked him until he has no survivors remaining.”

 “And at that time we took the land from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Jordan, from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon…” (Deuteronomy 3:3,8).

In another place the Bible records that no racial Moabites were left alive in the land (Deuteronomy 2:34).  However, the race of the Moabites were not wiped out they were located in other lands.  They would continue to pop up in history.

Deu 2:34  And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:

The land was now inhabited by the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh (Deuteronomy 29:8).

NO MOABITES REMAINED IN THE LAND OF MOAB.

Deu 29:1  These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.

Deu 29:8  And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh.

Joshua 13:32 :

“These are the areas which Moses had distributed as an inheritance in the PLAINS OF MOAB on the other side of the Jordan, by Jericho eastward.”

Numbers 21:26-31, we read:

‘For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, King of the Amorites, who had fought against the former King of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon … Woe unto thee, Moab! Thou art undone, 0 people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon, King of the Amorites … Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites’

Deuteronomy 2:32-34:

‘Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. And the Lord our God delivered him before us; we smote him and his sons and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men and the women and the little ones of every city, we left NONE to remain’.

Apparently there were still Moabites in other regions because they continue to pop up in the Old Testament history.

Deuteronomy 3:12-16, Moses tells us:

‘And this land which we possessed at that time, from Aroer which is by the River Arnon, and half Mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites. And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half Tribe of Manasseh …. And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the River Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the River Jabbok, which is the border of the Children of Ammon’.

Ruth 1:2 reads,

In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him.

Here is the explanation:

Ruth never had a son from her husband Naomi’s son.  There were no other sons left alive for Ruth to marry and carry on the family line of Naomi.

Deuteronomy 25:5,6:

“If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family; her husband’s brother shall go in to her, take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husbands brother to her, and it shall be that the firstborn son which she bears will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.”

Ruth 4:13-17: “So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.”

“Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a NEAR KINSMAN ; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a RESTORER OF LIFE…’. “Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, ‘There is a son BORN TO Naomi.’

Ruth 4:11,12:

“And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, ‘We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two WHO BUILT the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.

May your house be like the house of Perez, whom TAMAR bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the Lord will give to you from this young woman.’”

The people understood that Ruth’s blood line came from Tamar is the mother of both Zarah and Pharez – the royal blood line of Judah.  They understood that it was this bloodline that was father the Kings of Israel.  They also understood that the Messiah would come through that lineage.  Notice the reference to Bethelem.

The Messiah was a descendant of Pharez from the line of Judah.  He was not a Moabite.

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  1. Deutoronomy 23:3 Jesus could never be the Messiah if he wasnt pure lawful Israelite or Hebrew Judahite of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob..Even Tamar was the daughter of Epher son of Midian son of Keturah and Abraham. Judah was son of Leah and Jacob(Israel).. Hezron married a daughter of Machir in 1 Chronicles 2:21-24,55. It is possible that Machir died in the Red Sea and also was Pharoah Menkure builder if the last Pyramid and Abiah(Scota Mahr) or Bithiah also raised Moses.Moses also maybe died on a mountain in Moab,Half Tribe of Manasseh territory?..Scota daughter of the Pharoah is the Mother of the Scots,or Succothites of 1 Chronicles 2:55 of Half Tribe of Manasseh heritage and half tribe of Judah heritage,meaning the Sceptre and the Birthrights came to this One Lineage Ephratah-Bethlehem.Later,Iriel Faidh High King of all Iriel-land (Ariel of Isaiah 29) married Tamar daughter of Ith(or Lugaidh,in Gaelic meaning God’s House or Bethel) David set upon the Bethel Stone,Jacob’s Pillow.The Stone went to the Ezrahites of Pslam 89, Ethan,the Ezrahite..Azariah of 1 Chronicles 2:8,”Azariah”.Manasseh is America and British Empire together are the House of End time Joseph..Genesis 48,Birthrights of Abraham fulfulled around 1800.We are the Sons of Isaac or Saac’s-sons(Saxons)..the Succothites became the Succothians(Scythians,or the Succothites or the Scottish Clans of the daughter of Machir and out of Marchir came the Governors of Israel and Judah,Judges 5:14)..America was never to have a Monarchy…We are of the Bloodlines of Zerababel Governor of Judah,ancestor of Jesus Christ and Mary,etc.

  2. Deutoronomy 23:3 Jesus could never be the Messiah if he wasnt pure lawful Israelite or Hebrew Judahite of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob..Even Tamar was the daughter of Epher son of Midian son of Keturah and Abraham. Judah was son of Leah and Jacob(Israel).. Hezron married a daughter of Machir in 1 Chronicles 2:21-24,55. It is possible that Machir died in the Red Sea and also was Pharoah Menkure builder if the last Pyramid and Abiah(Scota Mahr) or Bithiah also raised Moses.Moses also maybe died on a mountain in Moab,Half Tribe of Manasseh territory?..Scota daughter of the Pharoah is the Mother of the Scots,or Succothites of 1 Chronicles 2:55 of Half Tribe of Manasseh heritage and half tribe of Judah heritage,meaning the Sceptre and the Birthrights came to this One Lineage Ephratah-Bethlehem.Later,Iriel Faidh High King of all Iriel-land (Ariel of Isaiah 29) married Tamar daughter of Ith(or Lugaidh,in Gaelic meaning God\’s House or Bethel) David set upon the Bethel Stone,Jacob\’s Pillow.The Stone went to the Ezrahites of Pslam 89, Ethan,the Ezrahite..Azariah of 1 Chronicles 2:8,\"Azariah\".Manasseh is America and British Empire together are the House of End time Joseph..Genesis 48,Birthrights of Abraham fulfulled around 1800.We are the Sons of Isaac or Saac\’s-sons(Saxons)..the Succothites became the Succothians(Scythians,or the Succothites or the Scottish Clans of the daughter of Machir and out of Marchir came the Governors of Israel and Judah,Judges 5:14)..America was never to have a Monarchy…We are of the Bloodlines of Zerababel Governor of Judah,ancestor of Jesus Christ and Mary,etc.

    • For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
      From The Declaration of Arbroath 1320.
      The Declaration of Arbroath 1320
      by John Prebble
      The Declaration of Arbroath was and has been unequalled in its eloquent plea for the liberty of man. From the darkness of medieval minds it shone a torch upon future struggles which its signatories could not have foreseen or understood.
      The author of this noble Latin address is unknown, though it is assumed to have been composed by Bernard de Linton, Abbot of Arbroath and Chancellor of Scotland. Above the seals of eight earls and forty-five barons, it asked for the Pope’s dispassionate intervention in the bloody quarrel between the Scots and the English, and so that he might understand the difference between the two its preamble gave him a brief history of the former. The laughable fiction of this is irrelevant. What is important is the passionate sincerity of the men who believed it, who were placing a new and heady nationalism above the feudal obligations that had divided their loyalties less than a quarter of a century before.
      In its mixture of defiance and supplication, nonsensical history and noble thought, two things make the Declaration of Arbroath the most important document in Scottish history.
      Firstly it set the will and the wishes of the people above the King. Though they were bound to him ‘both by law and by his merits’ it was so that their freedom might be maintained. If he betrayed them he would be removed and replaced. This remarkable obligation placed upon a feudal monarch by his feudal subjects may be explained in part by the fact that Bruce was still a heather king to many of them, still a wild claimant ruling upon sufferance and success. But the roots of his kingship were Celtic, and a Celtic tradition was here invoked, the memory of the Seven Earls, the Seven Sons of Cruithne the Pict in who, it was believed, had rested the ancient right of tanistry, the elevation of kings by selection. This unique relationship of king and people would influence their history henceforward, and would reach its climax in the Reformation and the century following, when a people’s Church would declare and maintain its superiority over earthly crowns.
      Secondly, the manifesto affirmed the nation’s independence in a way no battle could, and justified it with a truth that is beyond nation and race. Man has a right to freedom and a duty to defend it with his life. The natural qualifications put upon this by a medieval baron are irrelevant, as are the reservations which slave-owning Americans placed upon their declaration of independence. The truth once spoken cannot be checked, the seed once planted controls its own growth, and the liberty which men secure for themselves must be given by them to others, or it will be taken as they took it. Freedom is a hardy plant and must flower in equality and brotherhood.
      From The Lion in the North: One Thousand Years of Scotland’s History Penguin Books.
      The Declaration of Arbroath 1320 — English Translation

      To the most Holy Father and Lord in Christ, the Lord John, by divine providence Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Roman and Universal Church, his humble and devout sons Duncan, Earl of Fife, Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray, Lord of Man and of Annandale, Patrick Dunbar, Earl of March, Malise, Earl of Strathearn, Malcolm, Earl of Lennox, William, Earl of Ross, Magnus, Earl of Caithness and Orkney, and William, Earl of Sutherland; Walter, Steward of Scotland, William Soules, Butler of Scotland, James, Lord of Douglas, Roger Mowbray, David, Lord of Brechin, David Graham, Ingram Umfraville, John Menteith, guardian of the earldom of Menteith, Alexander Fraser, Gilbert Hay, Constable of Scotland, Robert Keith, Marischal of Scotland, Henry St Clair, John Graham, David Lindsay, William Oliphant, Patrick Graham, John Fenton, William Abernethy, David Wemyss, William Mushet, Fergus of Ardrossan, Eustace Maxwell, William Ramsay, William Mowat, Alan Murray, Donald Campbell, John Cameron, Reginald Cheyne, Alexander Seton, Andrew Leslie, and Alexander Straiton, and the other barons and freeholders and the whole community of the realm of Scotland send all manner of filial reverence, with devout kisses of his blessed feet.

      Most Holy Father and Lord, we know and from the chronicles and books of the ancients we find that among other famous nations our own, the Scots, has been graced with widespread renown. They journeyed from Greater Scythia by way of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Pillars of Hercules, and dwelt for a long course of time in Spain among the most savage tribes, but nowhere could they be subdued by any race, however barbarous. Thence they came, twelve hundred years after the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea, to their home in the west where they still live today. The Britons they first drove out, the Picts they utterly destroyed, and, even though very often assailed by the Norwegians, the Danes and the English, they took possession of that home with many victories and untold efforts; and, as the historians of old time bear witness, they have held it free of all bondage ever since. In their kingdom there have reigned one hundred and thirteen kings of their own royal stock, the line unbroken a single foreigner. The high qualities and deserts of these people, were they not otherwise manifest, gain glory enough from this: that the King of kings and Lord of lords, our Lord Jesus Christ, after His Passion and Resurrection, called them, even though settled in the uttermost parts of the earth, almost the first to His most holy faith. Nor would He have them confirmed in that faith by merely anyone but by the first of His Apostles — by calling, though second or third in rank — the most gentle Saint Andrew, the Blessed Peter’s brother, and desired him to keep them under his protection as their patron forever.

      The Most Holy Fathers your predecessors gave careful heed to these things and bestowed many favours and numerous privileges on this same kingdom and people, as being the special charge of the Blessed Peter’s brother. Thus our nation under their protection did indeed live in freedom and peace up to the time when that mighty prince the King of the English, Edward, the father of the one who reigns today, when our kingdom had no head and our people harboured no malice or treachery and were then unused to wars or invasions, came in the guise of a friend and ally to harass them as an enemy. The deeds of cruelty, massacre, violence, pillage, arson, imprisoning prelates, burning down monasteries, robbing and killing monks and nuns, and yet other outrages without number which he committed against our people, sparing neither age nor sex, religion nor rank, no one could describe nor fully imagine unless he had seen them with his own eyes.

      But from these countless evils we have been set free, by the help of Him Who though He afflicts yet heals and restores, by our most tireless Prince, King and Lord, the Lord Robert. He, that his people and his heritage might be delivered out of the hands of our enemies, met toil and fatigue, hunger and peril, like another Macabaeus or Joshua and bore them cheerfully. Him, too, divine providence, his right of succession according to or laws and customs which we shall maintain to the death, and the due consent and assent of us all have made our Prince and King. To him, as to the man by whom salvation has been wrought unto our people, we are bound both by law and by his merits that our freedom may be still maintained, and by him, come what may, we mean to stand. Yet if he should give up what he has begun, and agree to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
      Therefore it is, Reverend Father and Lord, that we beseech your Holiness with our most earnest prayers and suppliant hearts, inasmuch as you will in your sincerity and goodness consider all this, that, since with Him Whose vice-gerent on earth you are there is neither weighing nor distinction of Jew and Greek, Scotsman or Englishman, you will look with the eyes of a father on the troubles and privation brought by the English upon us and upon the Church of God. May it please you to admonish and exhort the King of the English, who ought to be satisfied with what belongs to him since England used once to be enough for seven kings or more, to leave us Scots in peace, who live in this poor little Scotland, beyond which there is no dwelling-place at all, and covet nothing but our own. We are sincerely willing to do anything for him, having regard to our condition, that we can, to win peace for ourselves. This truly concerns you, Holy Father, since you see the savagery of the heathen raging against the Christians, as the sins of Christians have indeed deserved, and the frontiers of Christendom being pressed inward every day; and how much it will tarnish your Holiness’s memory if (which God forbid) the Church suffers eclipse or scandal in any branch of it during your time, you must perceive. Then rouse the Christian princes who for false reasons pretend that they cannot go to help of the Holy Land because of wars they have on hand with their neighbours. The real reason that prevents them is that in making war on their smaller neighbours they find quicker profit and weaker resistance. But how cheerfully our Lord the King and we too would go there if the King of the English would leave us in peace, He from Whom nothing is hidden well knows; and we profess and declare it to you as the Vicar of Christ and to all Christendom. But if your Holiness puts too much faith in the tales the English tell and will not give sincere belief to all this, nor refrain from favouring them to our prejudice, then the slaughter of bodies, the perdition of souls, and all the other misfortunes that will follow, inflicted by them on us and by us on them, will, we believe, be surely laid by the Most High to your charge.
      To conclude, we are and shall ever be, as far as duty calls us, ready to do your will in all things, as obedient sons to you as His Vicar; and to Him as the Supreme King and Judge we commit the maintenance of our cause, casting our cares upon Him and firmly trusting that He will inspire us with courage and bring our enemies to nought. May the Most High preserve you to his Holy Church in holiness and health and grant you length of days.
      Given at the monastery of Arbroath in Scotland on the sixth day of the month of April in the year of grace thirteen hundred and twenty and the fifteenth year of the reign of our King aforesaid.
      Endorsed: Letter directed to our Lord the Supreme Pontiff by the community of Scotland.
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  3. RUTH WAS AN ISRAELITE
    by Pastor Bertrand L. Comparet, A.B.,J.D.

    It is unfortunate that many preachers, in their ignorance, teach so many false doctrines. One such false doctrine is the statement that Yahshua was not of pure Israelite blood; they say one of His ancestors was Ruth, a Moabitess. From the use of this term they believe that she was racially, not just geographically, a Moabite, in this they are greatly mistaken.

    The territory of the Moabites was originally east and northeast of the Dead Sea. It extended from the Arnon River on the south to the Jabbok River on the north. Then their territory went from the Dead Sea and the Jordan River on the west, across the plains and foothills, into the mountains to the east. From the name of the people who lived there, it was called Moab. It kept that name for many centuries after all the Moabites were gone from it.

    When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, after their 40 years wandering during the exodus, the land of Moab was the first land they conquered. Yahweh had commanded Israel to totally exterminate the occupants of the lands they were to settle, in Moab they did so.

    At this time, about 1450 B.C. Sihon, king of the Amorites, had conquered and occupied the kingdom of Moab and was its ruler when the Israelites came in. In Numbers 21:25,29 we read, “For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon. Woe unto thee Moab! Thou art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon, king of the Amorites.”

    The Israelites conquered the land of Moab, killing all the people found there. We read in Deuteronomy 2:32-34, “Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. And Yahweh, our God, delivered him before us: we smote him and his sons and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men and the women and the little ones of every city: we left none to remain.”

    From here, the Israelites advanced northward into the land of Ammon, Numbers 21:33-35 describes it. “And they turned and went up by way of Bashan: and Og, the king of Bashan, went out against them, he and all his people, to the battle at Edrai. And Yahweh said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon, king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left alive: and they possessed his land.”

    This entire area of the Jordan river was settled by the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, after all the original inhabitants, Moabites and Ammonites, had been killed or driven out. In Deuteronomy 3:12-16 Moses tells us, “And this land which we possessed at that time, from Aroer which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites. And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh. And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon.”

    All of this was accomplished about 1450 B.C.; from this time on this was purely Israelite territory. This was even more so than the land west of the Jordan River, because in the old lands of Moab and Ammon, none were left alive. Today, Anglo Saxon Americans who live in California are called Californians, bearing this name and living in a former Mexican territory doesn’t make them Mexicans. Likewise, pure Israelites living in the old land of Moab were often called Moabites, just as those who lived in Galilee were called Galileans.

    Three hundred years later, about 1143 B.C., we find evidence that the Israelite occupation of the lands of Moab and Ammon, was still unbroken. In Judges 11:12-26 we read, “And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon saying, what hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land? And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore, restore again those land peaceably. And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon, and said unto him, Thus saith Jephthat: when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh; then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom would not harken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab: but he would not consent. Then they went along through the wilderness and compassed the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab. And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon, king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land into my place. But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel. And Yahweh, God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country. And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan. While Israel dwelt in Hershbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years, why therefore did ye not recover them within that time?” The Israelites had held unbroken possession of the land of Moab and Ammon all that time.

    Right in the middle of this period about 1322 B.C., or 130 years after the Israelites of the tribes of Reuben and Gad had occupied the land of Moab, Elimelech a man of Judah, with his wife Naomi and his two sons were driven by famine out of Judah. Ruth 1:1 records that he “went to sojourn in the country of Moab.” Note the accuracy of that expression, it doesn’t say among the people, but in the country of Moab, which was occupied by Israelites exclusively. Elimelech’s sons married women of this country, one of them being Ruth, who became an ancestor of David and through David, an ancestor of Yahshua. She could not have been of any race except Israel, for no others lived there.

    Indeed, it could not have been otherwise, because from the beginning Yahweh very strongly condemned the Moaabites and Ammonites. In Deuteronomy 23:3 Yahweh commanded, “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of Yahweh; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of Yahweh forever.” In the tenth generation there could be as little as one part in 1,056 of Moabite blood. Even still, a person with even one part in a thousand of Moabite blood could not enter into the congregation of Yahweh forever.

    Yahweh was always consistent in this as in other matters. In Zephaniah 2:9 we read, “Therefore, as I live, saith Yahweh the God of Israel, surely Moab shall be as Sodom and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah.” Jeremiah chapter 48, the whole chapter is a condemnation of the people of Moab. In prophesying the triumphant return of Yahshua Isaiah 25:10 tells us, “For in this mountain shall the hand of Yahweh rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under Him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.” Certainly Yahweh would not take from a people, whom He condemns like Sodom, a woman to be an ancestor of Yahshua.

    Never let anyone tell you Yahshua was only a mongrel, with the blood of other races in His veins. Yahweh was so insistent that even the least peasant, among His people Israel, must keep the bloodline pure, under penalty of being cut off from His people for violation of this law. Yahshua said in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill”.
    We have the clearest proof, both as God the Father and as God the Son; Yahweh was consistently true to His own commandments. Ruth was a pure Israelite, from the land of Moab, but not from the race of Moab.

    • Hi Linda, where would you, in the Israelite tribes, fit the Boer South Africans who originally came from Europe? Would like your ideas about this.

      Amanda

    • “Certainly Yahweh would not take from a people, whom He condemns like Sodom, a woman to be an ancestor of Yahshua.” This is a dangerous line of thought. In the Scriptures, Yahweh does many many things that, form a human point f view, he certainly should not do. The prime example of this is the Incarnation. Certainly Yahweh would not deign to reduce his Son to a puking, mewling, helpless baby. But he did. And certainly Yahweh would not abandon his only begotten Son to an excruciating, shameful death. But he did. What Yahweh actually did is far more important than what human beings think he certainly would or would not do.

      “Never let anyone tell you Yahshua was only a mongrel, with the blood of other races in His veins.” Bloodlines are less important than you seem to think. Luke 3:8: “And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.” Pleasing God is and has always been a matter of the heart and not one of descendance.

      And even if I accept for the sake of argument that Ruth was an Israelite living in Moab, what about Rahab? She was a Canaanite prostitute. And she is mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5). And that’s OK, because Yahweh is a God that redeems.

      Grace and peace.

      –Beaneater

      • No where in scripture is Rahab called a Canaanite. She lived among the Canaanites yes that is true. We are jumping to conclusions on that one.

      • The woman mentioned in Matthew 1:5 is named Rachab, not Rahab. Similar names (spelled differently in English, Greek, and Hebrew), but different people. If Matthew had meant Rahab the Harlot he would have said Rahab the Harlot, just like Rahab the Harlot was used in Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25 when referring to Rahab the Harlot of Joshua’s time. Matthew was not referring to Rahab the Harlot or he would have said so. He was referring to Rachab, an Israelite ancestor of Jesus. Jesus had no Canaanite blood.

  4. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, after their 40 years wandering during the exodus, the land of Moab was the first land they conquered. Yahweh had commanded Israel to totally exterminate the occupants of the lands they were to settle, in Moab they did so.
    At this time, about 1450 B.C. Sihon, king of the Amorites, had conquered and occupied the kingdom of Moab and was its ruler when the Israelites came in. In Numbers 21:25,29 we read, “For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon. Woe unto thee Moab! Thou art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon, king of the Amorites.”
    The Israelites conquered the land of Moab, killing all the people found there. We read in Deuteronomy 2:32-34, “Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. And Yahweh, our God, delivered him before us: we smote him and his sons and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men and the women and the little ones of every city: we left none to remain.”
    From here, the Israelites advanced northward into the land of Ammon, Numbers 21:33-35 describes it. “And they turned and went up by way of Bashan: and Og, the king of Bashan, went out against them, he and all his people, to the battle at Edrai. And Yahweh said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon, king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left alive: and they possessed his land.”
    This entire area of the Jordan river was settled by the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, after all the original inhabitants, Moabites and Ammonites, had been killed or driven out. In Deuteronomy 3:12-16 Moses tells us, “And this land which we possessed at that time, from Aroer which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites. And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh. And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon.”
    All of this was accomplished about 1450 B.C.; from this time on this was purely Israelite territory. This was even more so than the land west of the Jordan River, because in the old lands of Moab and Ammon, none were left alive. Today, Anglo Saxon Americans who live in California are called Californians, bearing this name and living in a former Mexican territory doesn’t make them Mexicans. Likewise, pure Israelites living in the old land of Moab were often called Moabites, just as those who lived in Galilee were called Galileans.
    Three hundred years later, about 1143 B.C., we find evidence that the Israelite occupation of the lands of Moab and Ammon, was still unbroken. In Judges 11:12-26 we read, “And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon saying, what hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land? And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore, restore again those land peaceably. And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon, and said unto him, Thus saith Jephthat: when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh; then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom would not harken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab: but he would not consent. Then they went along through the wilderness and compassed the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab. And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon, king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land into my place. But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel. And Yahweh, God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country. And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan. While Israel dwelt in Hershbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years, why therefore did ye not recover them within that time?” The Israelites had held unbroken possession of the land of Moab and Ammon all that time.

  5. Linda Watson ,Great Biblical proof to back up the truth that Ruth was in deed Tribally related t0 Boaz, in a Lawful Levantine marriage of the House of Bethlehem-Judah.
    Sincerely, Robert B

  6. Shalom Linda, you are correct in your assertion that, contrary to popular belief, Ruth could not have possible been anything but an Israelite. That is just what Papa has shown me and what my subsequent research has proven to me. Thank you for sharing.

    • good for you. That article is a pain in the side for many people I have tried to delete it but somehow it keeps re-surfacing.

  7. I enjoyed your article. I believe the the Plains of Moab was in the Land of the Amorites, not Moab. Moab was not conquered until King David’s time. There were plenty of time for 11 generations to occur since the entry of the Israelites into Canaan @1440 BC to tie time of Ruth @ 1180 BC . I agree that if Ruth was a Moabite, her “foreign” blood would be the only nonIsraelite blood in Jesus.

    • Not at all. All races have a part and a responsibility to spread the truth. Moses had 2 wives – One was the daughter of Jethro and one was an arranged marriage with an Ethopian.

  8. Hi LInda and Robert: great great piece of investigation. This past Sunday, 25 March 2018, a PAstor in one of the big Afrikaans Chrurches i nSout hAfrica used the Ruth/Boaz story to indicate that racial integration is not that wrong…… this is the way that even the Afrikaner people are being indoctrinated, we that was the last to let borders between races collapse are also plunged into the one world one race farce.

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