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Bo’az (fleetness).

1. A wealthy Bethlehemite, kinsman to Elimelech the husband of Naomi. He married Ruth, and redeemed the estates of her deceased husband Mahlon. Ruth 4:1ff. Boaz is mentioned in the genealogy of Christ, Matt. 1:5. (b.c. 1250, but there is great difficulty in assigning his date.)

2. The name of one of Solomon’s brazen pillars erected in the temple porch. [Jachin.] It stood on the left, and was eighteen cubits high. 1 Kings 7:15, 21; 2 Chron. 3:15; Jer. 52:21.