Boaz
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Boaz

or Booz, in strength

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Boaz

(fleetness).

  1. A wealthy Bethlehemite kinsman to Elimelech the husband of Naomi. He married Ruth, and redeemed the estates of her deceased husband Mahlon. (Ruth 4:1) Boaz is mentioned in the genealogy of Christ, (Matthew 1:5) (B.C. 1250, but there is great difficulty in assigning his date.)
  2. The name of one of Solomon's brazen pillars erected in the temple porch. [JACHIN] It stood on the left, and was eighteen cubits high. (1 Kings 7:15; 21; 2 Chronicles 3:15; Jeremiah 52:21)
ATS Bible Dictionary
Boaz

Ruth 2:1, a wealthy Bethlehemite, a descendant of Judah, through whom is traced the regular succession of Jewish kings, Matthew 1:5. His conduct in the case of Ruth proves him to have been a man of fine spirit and of strict integrity. He admitted the claim which Ruth had upon him as a near kinsman: under the obligations of the Levitical law, he married the poor gleaner, and thus became one of the ancestors of David, and also of David's Son and Lord. He was the father of Obed, Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse of David. The whole narrative is a beautiful picture of the simplicity of the age, when artificial courtesies had not usurped the place of natural and sincere expressions of love.

Boaz was also the name of one of the two brazen pillars which Solomon erected in the porch of the temple, the other being called JACHIN. These columns were about thirty-five feet high, 1 Kings 7:15,16,21.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Alacrity.

(1.) The husband of Ruth, a wealthy Bethlehemite. By the "levirate law" the duty devolved on him of marrying Ruth the Moabitess (Ruth 4:1-13). He was a kinsman of Mahlon, her first husband.

(2.) The name given (for what reason is unknown) to one of the two (the other was called Jachin) brazen pillars which Solomon erected in the court of the temple (1 Kings 7:21; 2 Chronicles 3:17). These pillars were broken up and carried to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar.

Jachin and Boaz

The names of two brazen columns set up in Solomon's temple (1 Kings 7:15-22). Each was eighteen cubits high and twelve in circumference (Jeremiah 52:21, 23; 1 Kings 7:17-21). They had doubtless a symbolical import.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BOAZ

bo'-az (bo`az; Booz; "quickness" (?) Ruth 2-4 1 Chronicles 2:11, 12; Matthew 1:5 Luke 3:32):

(1) A resident of Bethlehem and kinsman of Elimelech, Naomi's husband. In Ruth 2:1 he is described as a gibbor chayil, a phrase which can mean either "a mighty man of valor" or else "a man of position and wealth." The latter is probably the sense in which the phrase is applied to Boaz (compare 1 Samuel 9:1). He had fields outside the town, and to them Ruth went to glean. Boaz noticed her and extended special kindness and protection to her, bidding her remain with his female workers, and charging the men not to illtreat her, and also giving her of the reapers' food at mealtime. Boaz awoke one night and found Ruth lying at his feet. He praised her virtue, and promised to take charge of her if her dead husband's next-of-kin failed to do so. He laid her case before the next-of-kin, and finally redeemed the family property himself and bought as well the right to take Ruth in marriage. The son of Boaz and Ruth was Obed, father of Jesse, and grandfather of David. 1 Chronicles 2:11, 12 makes Boaz a descendant of Hezron, and so probably a chief of the Hezronite clan in Bethlehem. Jewish tradition identifies Boaz with Ibzan (Judges 12:8-10).

Boaz "is set before us as a model of piety, generosity and chastity" (H. P. Smith, Old Testament History, 398). He found virtue and rewarded it. HPM, sections 501-8, gives a picture of the life of "a well-to-do landed proprietor of central Palestine," much of which could aptly be taken as a description of Boaz.

(2) The name of one of the two bronze pillars erected in front of Solomon's temple, the other being Jachin (1 Kings 7:21 2 Chronicles 3:17).

See JACHIN AND BOAZ; TEMPLE.

David Francis Roberts

JACHIN AND BOAZ

ja'-kin (yakhin, "he shall establish"; bo`az, "in it is strength," 1 Kings 7:15-22 2 Kings 25:16, 17; 2 Chronicles 3:15-17 Jeremiah 52:17): These were the names of the two bronze pillars that stood before the temple of Solomon. They were not used in supporting the building; their appearance, therefore, must have been solely due to moral and symbolic reasons. What these are it is not easy to say. The pillars were not altar pillars with hearths at their top, as supposed by W.R. Smith (Religion of the Semites, 191, 468); rather they were "pillars of witness," as was the pillar that witnessed the contract between Jacob and Laban (Genesis 31:52). At difficulty arises about the height of the pillars. The writers in Kings and Jeremiah affirm that the pillars before the porch were 18 cubits high apiece (1 Kings 7:15 Jeremiah 52:21), while the Chronicler states that they were 35 cubits (2 Chronicles 3:15). Various methods have been suggested of reconciling this discrepancy, but it is more probable that there is a corruption in the Chronicler's number. On the contruction of the pillars and their capitals, see TEMPLE. At the final capture of Jerusalem they were broken up and the metal of which they were composed was sent to Babylon (2 Kings 25:13, 16). In Ezekiel's ideal temple the two pillars are represented by pillars of wood (Ezekiel 40:49).

W. Shaw Caldecott

Greek
1003. Boos -- Boaz, an Israelite
... Boaz, an Israelite. Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Boos
Phonetic Spelling: (bo-oz') Short Definition: Boaz Definition: Boaz, son of ...
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4503. Rhouth -- Ruth, a Moabitess and an ancestor of Christ
... Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Rhouth Phonetic Spelling:
(hrooth) Short Definition: Ruth Definition: Ruth, wife of Boaz and mother ...
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4533. Salmon -- Salmon, an Israelite
... Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Salmon Phonetic Spelling: (sal-mone')
Short Definition: Salmon Definition: Salmon, son of Nahshon and father of Boaz ...
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Strong's Hebrew
1162. Boaz -- "quickness," an ancestor of David, also a pillar ...
... Boaz. 1163 . "quickness," an ancestor of David, also a pillar before the temple.
Transliteration: Boaz Phonetic Spelling: (bo'-az) Short Definition: Boaz. ...
/hebrew/1162.htm - 6k

8009. Salmah -- Salmon, father of Boaz
... 8008, 8009. Salmah. 8010 . Salmon, father of Boaz. Transliteration: Salmah
Phonetic Spelling: (sal-maw') Short Definition: Salmon. ...
/hebrew/8009.htm - 6k

8007. Salma -- father of Boaz, also the founder of Bethlehem
... 8006, 8007. Salma. 8008 . father of Boaz, also the founder of Bethlehem.
Transliteration: Salma Phonetic Spelling: (sal-maw') Short Definition: Salma. ...
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8012. Salmon -- father of Boaz
... 8011, 8012. Salmon. 8013 . father of Boaz. Transliteration: Salmon Phonetic
Spelling: (sal-mone') Short Definition: Salmon. Word ...
/hebrew/8012.htm - 6k

Library

Boaz and Ruth.
... BOAZ AND RUTH. When Naomi returned to Bethlehem she was poor. ... Boaz saw
Ruth gleaning, and asked one of his servants who she was. ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the old testament/boaz and ruth.htm

Ruth.
... It was about the beginning of the barley harvest. There was a good and great man
in Bethlehem named Boaz, and he was of the family of Naomi's husband. ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/lathbury/childs story of the bible/chapter xvi ruth.htm

The Story of Ruth, the Gleaner
... There was living in Bethlehem at that time a very rich man named Boaz. ... It so happened
that she was gleaning in the field that belonged to Boaz, this rich man. ...
/.../marshall/the wonder book of bible stories/the story of ruth the.htm

Ruth and Naomi.
... and sons. There lived in Bethlehem a man named Boaz, who was a relative
of Naomi's husband, and who was also very wealthy. He had ...
//christianbookshelf.org/anonymous/wee ones bible stories/ruth and naomi.htm

Ruth
... The love"stronger than country"of Ruth for Naomi, the gracious figure of Boaz as
he moves about the fields with a word of blessing for the reapers, the ...
//christianbookshelf.org/mcfadyen/introduction to the old testament/ruth.htm

The Devotion of Ruth
... the barley harvest. Now Naomi was related through her husband to Boaz,
a very wealthy man of the family of Elimelech. Ruth, the ...
//christianbookshelf.org/sherman/the childrens bible/the devotion of ruth.htm

Judges and Ruth.
... (2) Boaz the rich Bethlehemite accepting this strange woman in an illustration
of the redemptive work of Jesus. ... III. Ruth and Boaz, Chs.2-4. ...
/.../the way of salvation in the lutheran church/chapter vii judges and ruth.htm

Ruth the Gleaner.
... Now when Boaz, the farmer, came down to the village to see how the work went on
in his field, he called out, "God be with you" to his reapers; and they answered ...
/.../anonymous/children of the old testament/ruth the gleaner.htm

Ruth
... SERMON X. RUTH. RUTH ii.4. And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto
the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee. ...
/.../kingsley/the water of life and other sermons/sermon x ruth.htm

A Full Reward.
... The beauty of the narrative of Boaz saluting his reapers with, "Thy LORD be with
you," and their reply, "The LORD bless thee," must delight every reader. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/taylor/a ribband of blue/a full reward.htm

Thesaurus
Boaz (25 Occurrences)
... Jachin and Boaz. The names of two brazen columns set up in Solomon's temple
(1 Kings 7:15-22). ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. BOAZ. ...
/b/boaz.htm - 19k

Boaz's (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance Boaz's (1 Occurrence). Ruth 2:3 And she goeth
and cometh and gathereth in a field after the reapers, and ...
/b/boaz's.htm - 6k

Bo'az (24 Occurrences)
Bo'az. Boaz, Bo'az. Boaz's . Multi-Version Concordance ... Matthew 1:5 Salmon became
the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth. ...
/b/bo'az.htm - 12k

Obed (13 Occurrences)
... (1.) A son of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:21, 22), and the grandfather of David (Matthew
1:5). ... Matthew 1:5 Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab. ...
/o/obed.htm - 12k

Salmon (7 Occurrences)
... sal'-mon, (salmon, "investiture" (Ruth 4:21), salmah, "clothing" (Ruth 4:20), salma'
(1 Chronicles 2:11, 51, 54); Salmon): (1) The father of Boaz, the husband ...
/s/salmon.htm - 11k

Glean (12 Occurrences)
... Ruth 2:8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen, my daughter. Don't go to glean in another
field, and don't go from here, but stay here close to my maidens. ...
/g/glean.htm - 11k

Reapers (15 Occurrences)
... Ruth 2:3 She went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and she
happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the ...
/r/reapers.htm - 10k

Elimelech (6 Occurrences)
... God his king, a man of the tribe of Judah, of the family of the Hezronites, and
kinsman of Boaz, who dwelt in Bethlehem in the days of the judges. ...
/e/elimelech.htm - 10k

Jachin (8 Occurrences)
... 10). Jachin and Boaz. The names of two brazen columns set up in Solomon's
temple (1 Kings 7:15-22). Each ... Crichton. JACHIN AND BOAZ. ja ...
/j/jachin.htm - 12k

Kinsman (29 Occurrences)
... Ruth 2:1 Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family
of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS RSV). ...
/k/kinsman.htm - 19k

Concordance
Boaz (25 Occurrences)

Matthew 1:5
Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse.
(WEB ASV BBE YLT NAS NIV)

Luke 3:32
the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,
(WEB WEY ASV BBE NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:1
Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:3
She went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:4
Behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, "Yahweh be with you." They answered him, "Yahweh bless you."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:5
Then said Boaz to his servant who was set over the reapers, "Whose young lady is this?"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:8
Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen, my daughter. Don't go to glean in another field, and don't go from here, but stay here close to my maidens.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:11
Boaz answered her, "It has fully been shown me, all that you have done to your mother-in-law since the death of your husband; and how you have left your father and your mother, and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you didn't know before.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:14
At meal time Boaz said to her, "Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your morsel in the vinegar." She sat beside the reapers, and they reached her parched grain, and she ate, and was satisfied, and left some of it.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:15
When she had risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and don't reproach her.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:19
Her mother-in-law said to her, "Where have you gleaned today? Where have you worked? Blessed be he who noticed you." She showed her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, "The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 2:23
So she stayed close to the maidens of Boaz, to glean to the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and she lived with her mother-in-law.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 3:2
Now isn't Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens you were? Behold, he winnows barley tonight in the threshing floor.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 3:7
When Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. She came softly, uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 3:16
When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, "How did it go, my daughter?" She told her all that the man had done to her.
(See NIV)

Ruth 4:1
Now Boaz went up to the gate, and sat down there. Behold, the near kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by; to whom he said, "Ho, such a one! Turn aside, sit down here." He turned aside, and sat down.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 4:5
Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must buy it also from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 4:8
So the near kinsman said to Boaz, "Buy it for yourself." He took off his shoe.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 4:9
Boaz said to the elders, and to all the people, "You are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, from the hand of Naomi.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 4:13
So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in to her, and Yahweh gave her conception, and she bore a son.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 4:21
and Salmon became the father of Boaz, and Boaz became the father of Obed,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Kings 7:21
He set up the pillars at the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called its name Jachin; and he set up the left pillar, and called its name Boaz.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:11
and Nahshon became the father of Salma, and Salma became the father of Boaz,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:12
and Boaz became the father of Obed, and Obed became the father of Jesse;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Chronicles 3:17
He set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Subtopics

Boaz

Boaz: An Ancestor of Jesus

Boaz: An Ancestor of Jesus: History of

Boaz: One of the Bronze Pillars of the Temple

Related Terms

Boaz's (1 Occurrence)

Bo'az (24 Occurrences)

Obed (13 Occurrences)

Salmon (7 Occurrences)

Glean (12 Occurrences)

Reapers (15 Occurrences)

Elimelech (6 Occurrences)

Jachin (8 Occurrences)

Kinsman (29 Occurrences)

Ruth (19 Occurrences)

Naomi (25 Occurrences)

Relative (33 Occurrences)

Na'omi (21 Occurrences)

Girls (27 Occurrences)

Elim'elech (6 Occurrences)

Maidens (40 Occurrences)

Maids (28 Occurrences)

Mother-in-law (16 Occurrences)

Salma (3 Occurrences)

Kin (18 Occurrences)

Begot (119 Occurrences)

Rahab (14 Occurrences)

Begat (112 Occurrences)

Jesse (45 Occurrences)

Sitteth (74 Occurrences)

Relation (86 Occurrences)

Kinsman-redeemer (3 Occurrences)

Naming (21 Occurrences)

Nahshon (11 Occurrences)

Network (19 Occurrences)

Jakin (8 Occurrences)

Lily-work (2 Occurrences)

Lilywork

Grain-cutters (2 Occurrences)

Gleaned (6 Occurrences)

Threshingfloor (18 Occurrences)

Raiseth (33 Occurrences)

Mentioned (30 Occurrences)

Mahlon (4 Occurrences)

Cutters (14 Occurrences)

Chilion (3 Occurrences)

Acquaintance (16 Occurrences)

Sheaves (13 Occurrences)

Hap (1 Occurrence)

Ho (15 Occurrences)

Threshing-floor (36 Occurrences)

Barley (35 Occurrences)

Buying (12 Occurrences)

Kindred (41 Occurrences)

Eateth (81 Occurrences)

Public (99 Occurrences)

Buy (71 Occurrences)

Bought (66 Occurrences)

Harvesters (8 Occurrences)

Bethlehem (49 Occurrences)

Corn (107 Occurrences)

Pillar (72 Occurrences)

Turneth (249 Occurrences)

Clan (96 Occurrences)

Finished (157 Occurrences)

Showed (164 Occurrences)

Friend (139 Occurrences)

Pillars (132 Occurrences)

Ate (138 Occurrences)

Herself (121 Occurrences)

Homeland (8 Occurrences)

Redeemer (42 Occurrences)

Quietly (30 Occurrences)

Vestibule (36 Occurrences)

Valour (66 Occurrences)

Knewest (11 Occurrences)

Kilion (3 Occurrences)

Vinegar (11 Occurrences)

Noticed (19 Occurrences)

Nativity (9 Occurrences)

Nave (19 Occurrences)

Uncovering (13 Occurrences)

Uncovereth (12 Occurrences)

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