Ruth, Jonah, Esther

ISBN-10: 0836191994

ISBN-13: 9780836191998

Edition: 2002

Authors: Eugene F. Roop

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Narrative Structure
The Persian Empire
Short Story
Twelve Prophets
Village Farming
Map of the Ancient Near East for Ruth, Jonah, Esther
Selected Resources
Index of Ancient Sources
The Author
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