The final verse of Ruth 1 sets the stage for the action to come.
Meanwhile, the four titles given Ruth each reveal something important about her. (I call them identifiers because they identify her in the text.) Three of Ruth’s titles are general. She’s a Moabite, a daughter-in-law, and Naomi calls her “my daughter.”
Ruth’s fourth identifier or title is her name. God inspired the writer of the book to provide her name early in the first chapter, even though some acknowledged her only by her status and function. God made it clear from the beginning that she is unique and that she has value.