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A Repurchaser (recover, to repurchase or redeem), is someone who buys back property into his name. The concept first appears in Genesis 48:16 as the Hebrew verb gaʼalʹ, in which one as the ability to recover, redeem, or buy back a person, property, or inheritance of the next of kin.

Boaz as repurchaser[]

In the book of Ruth, Boaz of the tribe of Judah, is identified as a repurchaser in the family by whom Naomi and Ruth were married into (Ruth 2:20). Boaz was blood relation to Naomi's husband, Elimelech. A turn of events caused Elimelech and both of his sons to die prematurely, leaving elderly Naomi and young Ruth as widows. At an appointed time, Naomi encouraged Ruth to seek Brother-in-law marriage with Boaz since she was still at a child-bearing age. Upon her request, Boaz wasted no time to summon a kinsman who was more closely related. However, this kinsman refused to comply. So Boaz accepted the obligation and concluded a covenant of repurchase before judges and witnesses (Ruth 3:9, 12, 13; 4:1-17). Ruth bore him a son named Obed, the grandfather of King David (Ruth 3:1–4:17) whom are listed in the Genealogy of Jesus.

Jehovah as repurchaser[]

By the sacrifice of his only-begotten Son, Jehovah as Repurchaser provided for the recovery of mankind from sin and death and the power of the grave. This Son came to earth, becoming “like his ‘brothers’ in all respects,” to partake of blood and flesh, so as to be a near relative of mankind (Hebrews 2:11-17). The apostle Paul writes to Christians: “By means of him we have the release by ransom through the blood of that one.”— (Eph 1:7; compare Re 5:9; 14:3, 4)