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Ruth the Israelite

The standard teaching in churches it that Ruth was a physical descendant of Moab. Here is why that is not true.

The land of Moab was taken away from Moab by two kings of the Ammorites. Sihon king of Heshbon and to Og king of Bashan. Yahweh God gave the land they possessed to Israel. This land then became the home to the two and a half tribes of Israel. That is Gad, Reuben and the half tribe of Manasseh. The land retained its name, the Land of Moab, just like the land of Canaan.

You will find the explanation for this in Deuteronomy 2:24 through 3:22.

Here is a summary about how Moab lost their land, the Land of Moab.

Numbers 21:26 "For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the 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."

Remember that by the time of Deuteronomy 2:24 through 3:22, Israel had already passed by where Moab was currently living and they had gone around Edom before all this happened.

It was about 250 years later that Ruth was born. She was born to parents who were of one of the three tribes of Israel who had opted for an inheritance on the East side of Jordan. She grew up knowing that she was from the land called the Land of Moab. She may have not know she was an Israelite. Her parents may have forgotten their heritage being separated from the rest of Israel. There is a story behind that as well. The book of Jasher shows that the tribes East of Jordan had made a commitment to not forget their God or His Law. Through the times of the judges it is not really a surprise to find they did not remember.

When Naomi went home to the land of Judah, Ruth went with her. There Boaz and the rest of the town recognized that Ruth was an Israelite as they treated her as one. Boaz knowing this also called her daughter. If she had been a true foreigner they would never have given her the position of a daughter. True Moabites were on the no-marry list for Israel since they were children of incest.

Deuteronomy 7:6 "For thou art an holy people unto Yahweh thy God: Yahweh thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth."

The modern day Jews are not, and have never been, God's Israel people as proven by scripture, history and Jewish writings.

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