Levirate Marriage

According to Collins, the book of Ruth is about levirate marriage.  He is wrong, however. What is levirate marriage?  Where does the Bible describe such a custom?  What is its purpose?  And how does the book of Ruth not illustrate it? Further, if not levirate marriage, what custom or provision does the book of Ruth positively describe? For more information on Levirate Marriage read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levirate_Marriage

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