Now it is true that I am a kinsman-redeemer, but there also is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I. Bible

“there also is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I.” The Levitical Law was that if a woman’s husband died, the man’s brother would marry the widow and have children by her who would then bear the name of the dead brother (Deut. 25:5-10). In this case, Boaz was not even a descendant of Elimelech, but was a relative of his (Ruth 2:1). Given the fact that people at that time tried to have large families for mutual care and protection, it is not unusual that there would be someone in Elimelech’s family who was a closer kinsman-redeemer than Boaz. It is also worth noting that Elimelech did not have a blood brother that could be the kinsman-redeemer.

Commentary for: Ruth 3:12