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Characteristics of Naomi mentioned in the text

wife of Elimelek: 1:2; 2:1
widow: 1:3 (thus proprietor of a field 4:3,5; as head of the family: 1:5; 4:9)
mother of two sons: 1:2
"mother" of Ruth's son: 4:16-17
her life is "bitter: 1:13,20-21
advisor to Ruth: 2:2,19-22; 3:1-4,16-18
mindful of her daughters-in-law's well being: 1:8-9,11-13,15
well-known in Bethlehem: 1:19; 2:6
greeted by the "women of Bethlehem": 4:14-15

© Dr Tim Bulkeley, 2004.

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