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In recent years, students, scholars, and lay readers of the Bible have been increasingly drawn to the book of Ruth. Delving deeply into the complicated nature of its characters relationships, Jeremy Schipper encourages readers to consider the roles that categories of difference involving gender, disability, household status, ethnicity, and sexual desire play throughout the text. This fresh translation of the deceptively simple book is more literal and less idiosyncratic than its predecessors. Combining the traditional strengths of the Anchor Yale Bible series with the latest research in biblical scholarship, Schipper s much-needed volume will succeed Edward F. Campbell s 1975 edition as the go-to commentary for years to come."

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Genre: Bible
Author: Jeremy Schipper
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 2016-01-05
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780300192155

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This volume provides a readable introduction to the narrative book of Ruth appropriate for the student, pastor, and scholar. LaCocque combines historical, literary, feminist, and liberationist approaches in an engaging synthesis. He argues that the book was written in the post-exilic period and that the author was a woman. Countering the fears and xenophobia of many in Jerusalem, the biblical author employed the notion of h.esed (kindness, loyalty, steadfast love), which transcends any national boundaries. LaCocque focuses on redemption and levirate marriage as the two legal issues that recur throughout the text of Ruth. Ruth comes from the despised people of Moab but becomes a model for Israel. Boaz, converted to the model of steadfast love, becomes both redeemer and levir for Ruth and thus fulfills the Torah. In the conclusion to his study, the author sketches some parallels with Jesus' hermeneutics of the Law as well as postmodern problems and solutions.

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Genre: Religion
Author: André Lacocque
Publisher: Fortress Press
Release: 2004
File: 187 Pages
ISBN-13: 0800695151

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Series: Pericope, 2 The Book of Ruth reads like a novel. Scholars agree on the literary virtuosity of its author, but are deeply divided about the way she or he has structured the work. For the first time ever, The Structure of the Book of Ruth makes use of hitherto neglected evidence from ancient Hebrew, Greek, Syriac and Latin manuscripts in an attempt to create a more objective basis for discussions about the book's structure. This type of structural analysis is a powerful new tool in the hands of Bible scholars. Structural irregularities appear to elucidate the redactional history of the Book of Ruth. Structural breaks and links appear to function as markers indicating a certain understanding of the text to the exclusion of other possibilities. The question of divine justice comes out as the central theme of the book. Is it justified to accuse God of injustice, as Naomi did? The time when this problem was most virulent was the exilic and post-exilic period. Naomi appears to stand for the old Zion, the embittered widow of Lamentations 1. Ruth is a personification of the new Zion, the bride whom her divine husband will marry again. The remarkable openness to an active role of foreigners and women in the restoration of Israel is a deliberate protest against the draconic measures of Ezra and Nehemiah against marriages with foreign women.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Marjo Christina Annette Korpel
Publisher: Uitgeverij Van Gorcum
Release: 2001
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9023236572

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"In concert with Swanson's art, Chittister's prose explores, through the biblical story of Ruth, a series of twelve life-defining moments in every woman's life"--Publisher description.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Joan Chittister
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release: 2000
File: 92 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802847420

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In addition to this, Ruth, the newest volume in the series, handbooks on Amos, Genesis 1-11, and Jonah are now available.--Adam J. Howell "Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies"

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Genre: Religion
Author: Robert D. Holmstedt
Publisher:
Release: 2010
File: 226 Pages
ISBN-13: 1932792910

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In the Old Testament we read God s word as it was spoken to his people Israel. Today, thousands of years later, we hear in these thirty-nine books his inspired and authoritative message for us. These twin convictions, shared by all of the contributors to The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, define the goal of this ambitious series of commentaries. For those many modern readers who find the Old Testament to be strange and foreign soil, the NICOT series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each NICOT volume aims to help us hear God s word as clearly as possible. Scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students will welcome the fresh light that this commentary series casts on ancient yet familiar biblical texts. The contributors apply their proven scholarly expertise and wide experience as teachers to illumine our understanding of the Old Testament. As gifted writers, they present the results of the best recent research in an interesting manner. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions concerning its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. The author s own translation from the original Hebrew forms the basis of the commentary proper. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance in-depth discussions of technical matters textual criticism, critical problems, and so on with exposition of the biblical writer s theology and its implications for the life of faith today.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Robert L. Hubbard
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release: 1988
File: 317 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802825265

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Author: Katharine Doob Sakenfeld
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
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File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0664237401

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This theological commentary to the Rabbinic Midrash explores a simple proposition, in three parts: I. The reading of Scripture by principal parts of the Rabbinic Midrash is formed by compositions and composites that are animated by a cogent theological system. II. These primary components of the Midrash-compilations, further, are in part aimed at systematic demonstrations of theorems of a theological character. III. While forming a principal part of a large theological structure and system, each document is unique.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: University Press of America
Release: 2001
File: 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 076182023X

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Through intriguing stories of biblical women, the 'Women of the Bible' study series helps you see how God wants to work in your life. Questions and activities are designed to encourage personal application, understanding, and prayer, and to foster interaction within your study group. Ruth left her own people out of loyalty to Naomi. The story of their relationship and how God rewarded Ruth for her faithfulness helps us reflect on God's provision and guidance. This study illustrates how we can trust the Lord through faith and action in difficult times.

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Genre: Christian life
Author: Judith Couchman
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Release: 1999-11
File: 79 Pages
ISBN-13: 0310226651

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Benedict's work, in fact, anticipated trends in anthropology in the decades to come by projecting a framework of individuals not only shaped by their culture but also using their culture for personal or collective objectives."--BOOK JACKET.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Virginia Heyer Young
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release: 2005-01-01
File: 379 Pages
ISBN-13: 0803249195

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