[Numbers 32:33] And Moses giveth to them, to the sons of Gad, and to the sons of Reuben, and to the half of the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorite, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land by its cities, in the borders, the cities of the land round about.I believe I’ve made my opinion known. I am persuaded by Hawkeye’s thesis; it makes perfect sense.
Has anyone ever wondered why Joseph is mentioned here? The tribes of Manasseh, Gad and Reuben were given the Lands of Moab that had previously been owned by Sihon, King of the Ammorites and Og the King of Bashan. Sihon had taken this "Land of Moab" from the King of Moab long before the Israelites even showed up. When they did..... he refused to let them pass through on their way to Jordan......so Moses took it from him....and it remained in Israel's possession for about 700 years.
Genesis 48...in particular verse 14: And Israel putteth out his right hand, and placeth upon the head of Ephraim, who the younger, and his left hand upon the head of Manasseh; he hath guided his hands wisely, for Manasseh the first-born.
Jacob is adopting the son's of Joseph as his own and giving them Tribal status along with his own sons....including Judah who is to receive the sceptre (Rulership) [Genesis 49:8-10]...but the blessings will flow to Manasseh.
Did Joseph's seed (Ruth) reunite with Judah's seed (Boaz) [Ruth 4:9-11][Matthew 1:5] to form the complete bloodline to the Savior? I don't know but it's possible as Manasseh's Tribe was one of the three given possesion of the Plains of Moab.
Again....you have to ask yourself....why was Joseph mentioned? The father of Reuben and Gad was Jacob (Israel) himself......but he is not mentioned in this passage. Why Joseph?
This is why I suspect that Ruth was descended down Joseph's bloodline.