Document 703

The Buik o Ruth: 16 - The Goel

Author(s): A S Borrowman

Copyright holder(s): Mrs Lorna F Borrowman


GOEL is translatit frae the Hebrew, neist o kin.

Gif an Israelite selt a paffle, or aiblins the haill o his mailin, it behoofit the neist o kin tae proffer for the mailin, gin he had the siller.

It is screevit in the Buik o Jeremiah, XXXII. 8. that he coft the mailin o his kizzen, Hanamel, in Anathoth whan askit, Jeremiah bein sib tae Hanamel, and his neist o kin. Anent Naomi and the paffle whilk her deed guidman aucht: Ruth her guid-dochter gaed wi the haudin.

Aiblins Ruth IV: 5 suld be, "Ye maun tak alsweel Ruth the Moabitess the guidwife o the deed".

Sae the Goel, (we dinna hae his name) gied his richts tae Boaz wha was neist o kin tae him.

He sae actit himsel tae mak siccar the haudin for clan and faimly. It was frae the social eese o the Goel that the Israelites got ane o their maist parteeclar thochts o God; the Goel or Hainer o Israel.

The samin thocht o remeid liggs ahint the Christian confession o Jesus Christ, the Hainer or Goel o the warld.

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The Buik o Ruth: 16 - The Goel


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Informed lay people
Audience size 100+

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Method of composition Typed
Year of composition 1974
Word count 187
General description Explanation of the concept of Goel in Bible

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Publisher Gordon Wright
Publication year 1979
Place of publication Edinburgh
ISBN/ISSN SBN 903065 30 4
Edition 1st
Part of larger text
Contained in The Buik o Ruth and ither wark in Lallans
Editor Author: Alex S. Borrowman
Page numbers 43

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Prose: nonfiction


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Author id 755
Forenames A
Initials S
Surname Borrowman
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1910
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Parish Minister
Place of birth Stirling
Region of birth Stirling
Birthplace CSD dialect area Stlg
Country of birth Scotland
Father's occupation Shop assistant
Father's place of birth Stirling
Father's region of birth Stirling
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Stlg
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Dress maker
Mother's place of birth Dunblane
Mother's region of birth E & SE Perthshire
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Per
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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