1. A landowner in Bethlehem in the time of the judges who acted generously at harvest time to Ruth, a Moabite widow. After marriage, they had a son Obed, who became the grandfather of David (Ruth 4: 17), an ancestor of Jesus (Matt. 1).
2. One of the two pillars situated in front of Solomon's Temple (1 Kgs. 7: 21). See jachin.