Reading Ruth in the Restoration Period Hardback

A Call for Inclusion

by Edward Allen Jones;


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Reading Ruth in the Restoration Period

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Most scholars of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament recognize Ruth's simplicity and beauty, yet there has been little consensus in critical scholarship related to the book's origin and purpose. Opinions on the text's date range from the early monarchic period down to the Post-Exilic period, and interpreters argue over whether the narrative served to whitewash David's lineage, or if it held Ruth out as a positive example of Gentile inclusion in the Judean community. With an eclectic approach drawing on traditional exegesis, analysis of inner-biblical allusions, comparisons of legal and linguistic data, and modern refugee research, Edward Allen Jones III argues that Ruth is, indeed, best understood as a call for an inclusive attitude toward any Jew or Gentile who desired to join the Judean community in the early Post-Exilic period. Within the narrative's world, only Boaz welcomes Ruth into the Bethlehemite community, yet the text's re-use of other biblical narratives makes it clear that Ruth stands on par with Israel's great matriarchs.
Though certain segments of the Judean community sought to purify their nation by expelling foreign elements in the Restoration period, Yhwh's loving-kindness in Ruth's life demonstrates his willingness to use any person to build up his people.

Reading Ruth in the Restoration Period by Edward Allen Jones was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in April 2016. The ISBN for Reading Ruth in the Restoration Period is 9780567658449.

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Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (April 2016)
Weight486g
Number of Pages192
Thickness23 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567658449
ISBN-100567658449
Product Code4356547
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