I recently looked back into the subject upon responding to someone else asking about Ruth being a moabite. Just wanted to share what i dug up while in the process (Praise YHVH).
The individual asked if the curse(LAW) of Deut 23:3 was removed from Ruth (after claiming Boaz redeemed her).
As for relation to the Law, I don't believe laws are removed but rather fulfilled. In this case the only fulfillment is to institute the standard. However upon comparing scriptures i think modernized interpretion is where the issue is.
Example: Within the scriptures we have 3 uses of the term "Jew". 1) one of the tribe of Judah (PHY. descendants of Judah) Some lump all tribes under this identification when each had their own 2)Geographical: one who dwells in the territory of Judah and when the kingdom was split one who considers Jerusalem the capital & its king the king 3) one of the Faith according to Torah(Word). The same goes with the use of Moab in the scriptures! (Geographical,& OR Physical relation /by blood)
Deut 23:3 say no Moabite in the congregation H#4125 a Moabite or Moabitess, that is, a 1)Descendant from Moab <-individual not location (phy): - (woman) of Moab (geographical anor or phy?), Moabite (-ish, -ss). in relation to a people
Can we apply this to Ruth 1:4? Can we say that Ruth being a "stranger" (Ruth 2:10)means foreigner (geographic loc.) rather than tribal lieniage? H#5237
Matt 1:5 says Ruth is in the Regal/Legal line of Joseph/Jesus.
Ruth 1:4 says Ruth was a woman taken from Moab (geographical location Not from Moab the man or his line) Ruth 4:5 again relates to the land /Geographical sense of the term!
Ruth 1:1-3 we see Elimelech's family (a Jewish Family) in Moab (the Land). I take it you know that according to Rabbinic Judaisim, Jewish identity (of the seed) is through the mother but tribal identification is of the Father. One of the sons of Elimelech took Ruth to wife Ruth 1:4 (still carrying the geographical sense) never said she wasnt of the congregation of the seed or faith of Israel! Boaz ordainied it and he was of relation to Elimelech Ruth 2:1. so IF Moab wasn't used in the geographical sense (which we have clear evidence it was) then Boaz would have been offending Torah as well as Ruths (Jewish) Husband that also dwelled in Moab. (Ruth 4:5/ Ruth 4:9) Boaz called Ruth daughter showing me that she was identified in a phy sense to be related to Israel (Ruth2:8). Ruth 2:11 drives it home for me.
I ask you was Elimelech (a Levite) also a Moabite (of Moab)? ONLY in a geographical sense. The standard of Deut 23:3 never would have applied to Ruth if all this is true .
Rth 1:1 It happened in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. A certain man of Beit-Lechem-Yahudah went to sojourn in the country of Mo'av, he, and his wife, and his two sons
Rabbinic commentaries point out that "Moabite" in Deut.23:3 is in the masculine thus not excluding Ruth (IF she be of Moab in any other way than location). However the prior verse stress the females need to be of the descendants of Jacob. Otherwise the seed would still be considered outside of the camp!
Ruth lived in the LAND, of Moab, Like other Yisraelites did for 300 years in period of Judges. She was a LOST Sheep who was grafted BACK in... Amorites defeated Moabites earlier on, and now Yisra'el defeated Amorites
Jud 11:21 YHWH Al'ohiym of Yisra'el, delivered Sichon and all his people into the hand of Yisra'el, and they struck them: so Yisra'el possessed all the land of the Amori, the inhabitants of that country.
Jdg 11:22 They possessed all the border of the Amori, from the Arnon even to the Yabbok, and from the wilderness even to the Yarden.
Jdg 11:23 So now YHWH Al'ohiym of Yisra'el, has dispossessed the Amori from before his people Yisra'el, and should you possess them?
Jdg 11:24 Won't you possess that which Kemosh your god gives you to possess? So whoever YHWH our Al'ohiym has dispossessed from before us, them will we possess.
Jdg 11:25 Now are you anything better than Balak the son of Tzippor, king of Mo'av? did he ever strive against Yisra'el, or did he ever fight against them?
Jdg 11:26 While Yisra'el lived in Heshbon and its towns, and in `Aro`er and its towns, and in all the cities that are along by the side of the Arnon, three hundred years; why didn't you recover them within that time?
Jdg 11:27 I therefore have not sinned against you, but you do me wrong to war against me: YHWH the Judge, be judge this day between the children of Yisra'el and the children of `Ammon
Rth 1:1 It happened in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. A certain man of Beit-Lechem-Yahudah went to sojourn in the country of Mo'av, he, and his wife, and his two sons. Rth 1:2 The name of the man was Elimelekh, and the name of his wife Na`omi, and the name of his two sons Machlon and Kilyon, Efratites of Beit-Lechem-Yahudah. They came into the land of Mo'av, and continued there......
The Land that we know as Israel was called Canaan prior to Israel taking it from the Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites. Jerico was in the same territory as Israel was well Thus to identify Rachab with one of these titles geographically didnt mean she wasnt of Israel's physical line (or even location really).