Left- Ruth and Naomi -----Ruth 1:16-18
Right- Ruth the Gleaner-----Ruth 2:2-23
Vellum, with ink paint and gold
"Bereft of her husband and two sons in a foreign country
the Jewish Naomi, mother-in-law to Ruth,
decides to return to Bethlehem
during a time of famine.
Ruth, a Moabite, remains loyal to Naomi
despite their different ethnicities,
and these verses and the illumination express
the depth of love and fidelity Ruth has for Naomi.
This loyalty is rewarded in history
when the Moabite Ruth becomes the grandmother
of the Jewish King David.
Second Illumination- The Gleaning
"Since Jewish law stipulated that a land owner
had to allow the poor and the alien to glean
the harvested files,
the marginalized had food and nutrition.
Gleaning is hard work, but it is also a gift,
and Boaz, a relative of Naomi,
grants permission to glean off his land.
Ruth's gleaning leads to love,
and soon she and Boaz are married
providing the "seed" for the future king.
Ruth's stature is evident as she looks up into the page.
She carries an expansive basket of abundance
and promise, and the lines
of her dress cascade down creating
a graceful design of Stars of David."
These graceful images beautifully
reinforce the connection of
Ruth, Bethlehem, and David in the lineage of