Now it appears that Boaz combines the essential duty of the goel in purchasing the estate over which Naomi holds rights, and at the same time marries, not Naomi, who is now old, but her daughter-in-law Ruth, in order to perpetuate her husband's family.
Naomi, who had realized the impossibility of the levirate in her case (i.
In the happy finale, Naomi is the recipient of congratulations upon the birth of a son to the faithful Ruth (iv.
17a, "there is a son born to Naomi"); the name of the dead is thus "raised up" (iv.
In point of fact, a nearer kinsman than Boaz had agreed to purchase the estate (as goel), which Naomi evidently had not yet sold (see commentaries on iv.
The primary interest in Naomi, the romantic marriage of Ruth, the selling of the land (which comes only in ch.