redeemer. The law does not specify marriage as the responsibility of such a person, though an extension of Lev. 25 can readily be envisioned. Mahlon’s name and property will be preserved (4:10), suggesting the levirate marriage, but it is difficult to see how Deut. 25:5–6 could be strictly applied. See Introduction: Interpretive Difficulties and note on 2:20. Again, Ruth goes far beyond Naomi’s specified plan.