Sweet Death

why prefer to glean with Ruth?

"And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech." (Ruth 2:3) [Authorized King James Version]

Christina Rossetti alludes to the Book of Ruth, which, in the Greek and Latin canons, is placed just after Judges, to which it is closely related because of the time of the history it depicts, and just before Samuel, for which it is an excellent introduction because it traces the history of the Davidic dynasty. Named after the Moabite woman who was joined to the Israelite people by her marriage with the influential Boaz of Bethelehem, the Book of Ruth contains a beautiful example of filial piety, pleasing to the Hebrews in particular because of its connection with King David. Its aim is to demonstrate the divine reward for such piety even when practiced by a stranger. Ruth's piety, spirit of self-sacrifice, and moral integrity were rewarded by God with the gift of faith and an illustrious marriage whereby she became the ancestress of David, and of Christ. Her story foreshadows the universality of the messianic salvation.