Ruth 2:4-6 (NLT)
4 While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The Lord be with you!” he said.
“The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied.
5 Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?”
6 And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. 7 She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in the Bible text. The foreman refers to Ruth’s request to glean in the morning, so I have set the scene in just before mid-day.
Strong sunlight from the sun overhead illuminates this scene.
From left to right: a harvest mouse (in the foreground), Ruth, four servant girls cutting barley, the foreman indicating Ruth, Boaz (in blue robe).
I had established Ruth’s clothing in a previous scene (Ruth 01 – In Moab – Scene 05 – Ruth determined) which I drew in July 2012 and so have illustrated her in similar clothes, to aid continuity between the scenes.
I haven’t drawn Boaz before, so this scene will establish his particular clothing.
I have drawn the shelter mentioned by the foreman as a four pole tent structure, which would provide shade for the workers at meal times, and would be easy to move between fields as the harvest progressed. Notice the covered wooden cart behind the tent, and a crate and clay water bottle on the ground near the tent.
The trees behind the limestone wall of the field are olive trees (Olea europaea).
“The olive tree can attain a height of about 20 feet (7 m) and typically grows to a ripe old age. Some olive trees in Israel are estimated to be around a thousand years old. The rocky soil in Israel is conducive to the drainage necessary for the olive tree to prosper, and they thrive in the Mediterranean climate. Though the olive tree’s gnarled trunk becomes hollow with age, the tree still continues to bear fruit.”
It was nice to add the mouse in the foreground of this scene! This rodent is a steppe field mouse (Apodemus witherbyi) which is found throughout the Middle East.