Ruth, Jonah, Esther

ISBN-10: 0836191994

ISBN-13: 9780836191998

Edition: 2002

Authors: Eugene F. Roop
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Herald Press
Publication date: 2/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Series Foreword
Author's Preface
Ruth: A Story of Famine, Friendship, and Fertility
Overview
The Consummate Short Story
Where Does Ruth Belong?
A Glance at the Whole
Meaning and Message
An Outline of the Major Units
How to Read Ruth
Introduction: Famine, Displacement, and Death, 1:1-5
Famine in the Land (Text in Biblical Context)
People Living at Risk (Text in Life of the Church)
The Story of Two Widows, 1:6--4:12
Return to Bethlehem, 1:6-22
Naomi and Job
Complaint Against God
Going for Grain, 2:1-23
The Poor in the Biblical Tradition
God Who Blesses
Seeking Security, 3:1-18
The Childless Widow
Beyond Assistance to Security
Agreement at the Gate, 4:1-12
The Unrecorded World of Women
The Person of Substance
Conclusion and Coda, 4:13-22
Birth and Naming of a Son, 4:13-17
Genealogy of Perez, 4:18-22
The Women in the Genealogy
Good and Faithful Servant
Outline of Ruth
Jonah: A Story for All
Overview
Jonah as Understood in the Past
What Manner of Narrative?
Message and Meaning
A Glance at the Whole
An Outline of the Major Units
The Unfulfilled Prophetic Mission, 1:1--2:11
The Commissioning of Jonah, 1:1-3
Commissioning of the Prophet
Reluctant Response
The Drama at Sea, 1:4--2:10
On the Sea, 1:4-16
Foreigners Acknowledge God
God and Nature
Under the Sea, 1:17--2:10
Psalm of Thanksgiving
Jonah: Saint or Sinner?
The Unfulfilled Prophet, 3:1--4:11
The Recommissioning of Jonah, 3:1-3a
Commissioning the Prophet--Again
Human Freedom and Divine Persistence
The Drama on Land, 3:3b--4:11
In the City, 3:3b-10
The Sign of Jonah
Divine Freedom and the Promise of Forgiveness
Outside the City, 4:1-11
The Concluding Question
The Mystery of Divine Compassion
Outline of Jonah
Esther: The Orphan Queen
Overview
The Orphan Queen
Controversy and Concerns
Different Versions of Esther
A Festival Novella
Meaning and Message
A Glance at the Whole
An Outline of the Major Units
Tension in the Royal Court, 1:1--3:6
Conflict in the Royal Family, 1:1--2:20
Deposing of Vashti, 1:1-22
Israel in the Persian Empire
The Fabric of Society
Selection of Esther, 2:1-20
From Insignificance to Importance
Heroes of Faith
Conflict Among the Royal Courtiers, 2:21--3:6
Conspiracy Against the King, 2:21-23
Conflict Between Courtiers, 3:1-6
Choosing Disobedience
Mixed Motives
Action and Counteraction, 3:7--7:10
Haman Versus Mordecai, 3:7--4:17
The Plot of Haman, 3:7-15
Response of Mordecai, 4:1-17
Women in Danger
For Such a Time as This
Esther's First Intervention, 5:1-14
The Dangerous Banquet
Obsessions
Royal Decree Honoring Mordecai, 6:1-13
Irony and Divine Intervention
A Haughty Spirit
Esther's Second Intervention, 6:14--7:10
Proverbs and Esther
Capital Punishment
Resolution and Celebration, 8:1--9:32
Resolution of the Crisis, 8:1-17
Leadership in a Foreign Land
Self-Protective Leadership
Institution of Purim, 9:1-32
Epilogue: Ahasuerus and Mordecai, 10:1-3
Listening to Rage and Terror
Living in the World
Outline of Esther
Essays
Characteristics of Hebrew Narrative
Character Types in Hebrew Narrative
Comedy: Humor, Irony, and Satire
The Diaspora
The Interpreting Community of Faith
Jonah and Historical Analysis
Khesed: Uncommon and Faithful Action
Kinship Marriage
Moab
Narrative Structure
Narrator
Nineveh
Novella
The Persian Empire
Poetry
Purim
Questions
Redeemer/Go'el
Short Story
Twelve Prophets
Village Farming
Map of the Ancient Near East for Ruth, Jonah, Esther
Bibliography
Selected Resources
Index of Ancient Sources
The Author
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