The Book of Ruth does not specifically name its author but tradition is that the Prophet Samuel wrote the Book of Ruth. The name Ruth in Hebrew means friend or companion. The exact date in which the book was written is uncertain but the prevalent view is sometime between 1011 and 931 B.C. NOTE: Ruth’s name is used 12 times in the book and the first 10 times there is no Aleph/Tav את Symbol in front of her name but after she is redeemed by Boaz the next two times her name is used there is an Aleph/Tav את Symbol in from of her name both times.
Aleph/Tav Used in RUTH: אֶת et 0 times, אֶת־ et- 28 times, אֵת eet 7 times, אֶת־ Et- 0 times, אֵת Eet 0 time, אָתְּ aat 2 times, אַתְּ at 2 times, אַתְּ־ at- 0 times, = Total 39
Vav/Aleph/Tav ואת Wa‘at וְאַתְּ 0 times, Wa‘eet וְאֵת 1 time, Wa‘et- וְאֶת־ 1 time = 1 Grand Total 40
Aleph/Tav ALERT: Ruth’s name only appears 12 times in the story and remarkably the את only appears before her name AFTER Boaz redeems her. The last two times are in verse 4:10 and 13. This is just another clear indication that the Aleph Tav את Symbol is a marker of the covenant יהוה Father made through את Y’shua because Ruth did not become a part of the linage of Y’shua until Boaz redeemed her. It is also very interesting to notice that in Ruth 2:19 when Ruth introduces Boaz to her mother-in-law in the first part of the scripture, Boaz’s name is replaced by an את which states, And she showed her mother-in-law אֵת with who she had brought and said, the man’s name with who I brought today is Boaz. The power of covenant!