Wednesday, June 15, 2011
When Boaz Met Ruth (Ruth, Chapter 3) - Up until now, the story was something that might parallel Thelma & Louise. But it now it has made a twist from the modern story of feminine friendship, to an ancient desert tribeswoman's attempt to get a well-to-do Israelite in the sack.
Ruth's former mother-in-law (Ruth's husband died, remember?), Naomi, comes up with an idea for Ruth to hook up with Boaz, the rich guy whom she works for. She says for her to wait until he's finished eating and drinking, and then go into his room, expose his penis, and basically wait at his feet until he wakes up.
Ruth, following her mother-in-law's advice, waits patiently for the well-fed and drunk Boaz to stumble to the "end of the heap of corn (again with the corn!)". She then quietly approaches him, uncovers his genitals, and then waits at his feet.
If you remember in Thelma & Louise, by this time Louise had already murdered a man who almost raped Thelma. Now, in the Book of Ruth, we're talking about something entirely different - seduction.
Boaz wakes up, startled that his junk is exposed in the night air, and then notices Ruth at his feet. Lucky him!
He says, "Who are you?"
And she replies, "I am your handmaid. Would you want to make love with me, though I'm just a handmaid? We are near kin." Sorry, I'm trying to translate the King James version, here. But that's basically what she is saying.
Naturally, Boaz says, "You are so kind. I thought you'd be out chasing the young studs, but you've chosen me. OF COURSE we can make love!"
The next day, he tells Ruth not to tell anyone what happened, and gave her six bales of barley to bring to her mother-in-law.
Naomi, the mother-in-law, said that be still, my daughter, until you know how this matter will fall. Boaz will not be at ease "until he has finished the thing this day."
Nice, a cliffhanger! What is "the thing" that Boaz must finish? I guess we'll find out next time!