The relationship between Ruth and Naomi has become a key example of a same-sex relationship that is presented positively in the Hebrew Bible. By contrast, Boaz has found a surprising role as the ideal husband for young Christian women. In this presentation, I want to question some of the assumptions in both of these readings. By adopting what we could call a ‘homo-normative’ reading style, i.e. one where the usual assumptions about the relationships between the sexes are applied to rela same-sex relationships, Boaz rather than Ruth or Naomi turns out to be the one who offers most food for thought on the nature of gender relations in the Hebrew Scriptures and the way in which biblical figures are used to represent these.