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Ruth,book of the Bible. It tells a story, set in the days of the judges, of the fidelity of a Moabite widow (Ruth) to her widowed mother-in-law (Naomi). After the death of her husband in Moab, Ruth returns with Naomi to Bethlehem. There Ruth marries Naomi's kinsman, Boaz. Boaz and Ruth were ancestors of David. This idyll is one of the most popular of scriptural stories. Dates before and after the 6th-century exile have been suggested, but it was probably composed between 450 B.C. and 300 B.C.
See studies by E. F. Campbell (1975); D. Atkinson (1983); and R. Hubbard Jr. (1988). See also bibliography under Old TestamentOld Testament,
Christian name for the Hebrew Bible, which serves as the first division of the Christian Bible (see New Testament). The designations "Old" and "New" seem to have been adopted after c.A.D.
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Ruth(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
Ruth, asteroid 798 (the 798th asteroid to be discovered, on November 21, 1914), is approximately 54 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 5.2 years. It was named after the biblical Ruth and represents loyalty. In a natal chart, Ruth’s location by sign and house indicates where and how one is most likely to be loyal or to experience loyal devotion from others. When afflicted by inharmonious aspects, Ruth may show disloyalty or overt displays of loyalty that are not felt. If prominent in a chart (e.g., conjunct the Sun or the ascendant), it may signal an exceptionally loyal person or someone for whom loyalty and devotion are important life themes.
["RUTH: A Functional Language for Real-Time Programming", D. Harrison in PARLE: Parallel Architectures and Languages Europe, LNCS 259, Springer 1987, pp.297-314].