Ruth, book of

A charming OT story, placed between the books of Judges and 1 Sam. as being a bridge between the two epochs in Israelite history—the judges and the monarchy. Ruth, a Moabitess, cared for her widowed mother-in-law Naomi, who in turn was instrumental in finding a husband for Ruth, whose husband had also died. The man chosen was from the tribe of Judah, by name Boaz (Ruth 2:1), who was prominent and rich. The son born was called Obed (Ruth 4:17) and was the grandfather of David. Because of the Moabite involvement, it has often been supposed that the book was written as a universalist tract (in the same spirit as Isa. 56:6–8) in protest against narrow nationalism in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah after the Exile, when intermarriage with foreigners was prohibited (Neh. 13:23–8). On the other hand, is it likely that at such a time after the Exile someone should deliberately ascribe a foreign ancestry to King David? Thus there is also an opinion that the book should be dated earlier—between the 10th and 8th cents. BCE, and not as late as 400 BCE—and could be a timeless story about vulnerable people in society.

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  • RUTH, BOOK OF — (Heb. מְגִלַּת רוּת), one of the five scrolls incorporated in the Ketuvim (Hagiographa) section of the traditional Hebrew Bible. In the Septuagint, followed by Christian Bibles, Ruth is found immediately after Judges. Contents In the days of the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Ruth, Book of — • One of the proto canonical writings of the Old Testament Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ruth, Book of — ▪ Old Testament       Old Testament book belonging to the third section of the biblical canon, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. In the Hebrew Bible, Ruth stands with the Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther; together they… …   Universalium

  • Book of Ruth —     Book of Ruth     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Book of Ruth     One of the proto canonical writings of the Old Testament, which derives its name from the heroine of its exquisitely beautiful story.     I. CONTENTS     The incidents related in the …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ruth — ruːθ n. female first name; (Biblical) wife of Boaz and great grandmother of king David; Book of Ruth, book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ruth Park — AM (born 24 August, possibly 1923)cite web |title= Ruth Park Biography |publisher= Austlit Agent Details |url= http://www.austlit.edu.au/run?ex=ShowAgent agentId=A$q8 |accessdate= 2007 08 01] is a New Zealand born author, who has spent most of… …   Wikipedia

  • Ruth Laredo — Ruth Laredo, 1990, in New York City (Foto: Privatalbum Jennifer Laredo Watkins) Ruth Laredo (geborene Meckler), * 20. November 1937 in Detroit (Michigan); † 26. Mai 2005 in New York City (New York) war eine US amerikanische klassische Pianistin.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ruth Milkman — is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is also director of the UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations.Education and careerMilkman obtained a bachelor s degree in 1975 from Brown University.She… …   Wikipedia

  • Ruth Rabbah — (Hebrew: רות רבה) is an haggadic and homiletic interpretation of the Book of Ruth, which, like that of the four other scrolls ( megillot ), is included in the Midrash Rabbot. This midrash, divided into eight chapters or sections ( parashiyyot ),… …   Wikipedia

  • Ruth Tringham — (born 14 October, 1940 in Bedfordshire, England) is an anthropologist, emphasizing in the archaeology of Neolithic Europe and southwest Asia. She is currently a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Before going to… …   Wikipedia

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