Ruth

ISBN-10: 082760744X
ISBN-13: 9780827607446
Edition: 2011
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Description: The moving story of Ruth, with its themes of loyalty, lovingkindness (hesed), and redemption, is one of the great narratives of the Bible. Socially, the Israelites were aware of their responsibility to protect the weak and unprotected among them.  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 7/6/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.650

The moving story of Ruth, with its themes of loyalty, lovingkindness (hesed), and redemption, is one of the great narratives of the Bible. Socially, the Israelites were aware of their responsibility to protect the weak and unprotected among them. Redemption secures the life of the people as a community, not just as individuals. In this story, Boaz fills the familial obligation to marry the widow of a deceased relative who never was able to father children, both to continue the family line and protect an otherwise vulnerable woman. The authors provide a critical, line-by-line commentary of the biblical text, presented in its original Hebrew, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks, as well as the 1985 JPS English translation. The extensive introduction places the book within its historical, literary, and critical context, discusses contemporary interpretations of the story of Ruth, and examines its major motifs and themes, among them: family, marriage and levirate marriage in biblical and ancient Israel, redemption and inheritance, hesed, and the book¿s connection with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Professor Sanford N. Katz , the inaugural holder of The Darald and Juliet Libby Chair, joined the Boston College Law School faculty in 1968 and teaches Family Law and Contracts. The Darald and Juliet Libby Chair is in honor of Michael G. Pierce, S.J. Professor Katz has served as Chairman of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, President of the International Society of Family Law and Editor-in Chief of the Family Law Quarterly. He is a member of various editorial boards of journals and, in addition to his published articles and books, has been the chief drafter of model child welfare legislation for the federal government. He is a Special Contributor and Consultant for Law for the Fourth Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Ph.D., is Professor of Hebrew Bible and the History of Judaism at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her areas of specialization include Assyriology and Sumerology, biblical studies, Jewish studies, and women and religion. She is the author of Reading the Women of the Bible (which received a Koret Jewish Book Award in 2002 and a National Jewish Book Award in 2003), In the Wake of the Goddesses, and Motherprayer. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

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