Photo by Robert Bejil Photography, Creative Commons
The ancient story of Thelma and Louise (Ruth, Chapter 1) - Who are the two hotties shown above, and why did I choose their photo? Because I can't put photos from the movie Thelma and Louise, for copyright reasons. But the two women pictured tell the story, a story about an intense friendship between two women. That is the story that is being told in the Book of Ruth.
Ruth is a Moabite; a tribe of people disdained by the Israelites. Deuteronomy 23:3 even says, "That no Moabite shall enter the congregation of the Lord." Her husband was the son of another widow named Naomi, who is an Israelite hailing originally from Bethlehemjudah.
After Ruth's husband died, she chose to stay with her mother-in-law Naomi, while the other sister-in-law decided to separate from them.
Ruth's vow to Naomi was this (Ruth 1:16 -17): "Do not ask me to leave you, or to return. For where you go, I will go; and you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, only death will part you and I."
With this oath, Naomi saw that Ruth was now her lifelong companion. I know there's a few people out there who think these two are lesbians, but I don't see any reason to go down that route. They're B.F.F.'s. Obviously, Ruth loved her mother-in-law a lot, and enjoyed her companionship.
Together, they set out for Bethlehem.