Ruth: Bridges and Boundaries by Jonathan GrossmanRuth: Bridges and Boundaries by Jonathan Grossman

Ruth: Bridges and Boundaries

byJonathan Grossman

Paperback | July 8, 2015

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Ruth: Bridges and Boundaries is a literary close reading of the text as a bridge between the anarchic period of the Judges and the monarchic age that begins with the birth of David, as reflected through Ruth’s absorption process within Bethlehemite society. This bridge is constructed from three main axes: the theological perception that human actions have the power to shape and advance reality; the moral-legal perception that the spirit of the law must be privileged over the letter of the law and social conventions; and the principle that the institute of monarchy must be based upon human compassion. The commentary traces the narrative sequence through the paradigm of this three-fold cord, showing how these threads are woven throughout the book. This innovative reading is illustrated with an unprecedented psychological analysis of Ruth as a narrative of transition, using modern psychological theories.
This contemporary yet textually faithful literary commentary offers new insight into the inner workings of the text of Ruth as literary masterpiece. Academic yet accessible, this work provides tools for readers of Ruth and the field of biblical narrative in general.
Dr. Jonathan Grossman is a faculty member of the Department of Bible at Bar Ilan University. His main field of interest is the Bible as literature. His book Esther: The Outer Narrative and the Hidden Reading was published in 2011.
Title:Ruth: Bridges and BoundariesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:July 8, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034316747

ISBN - 13:9783034316743


Table of Contents

Contents: The Structure of the Book of Ruth – Theology in the Book of Ruth – The Narrative’s Employment of Legal Discourse – The Long Way Home: Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law (1:7-18) – Naomi (and Ruth's) Return to Bethlehem (1:19-22) – Ruth and Boaz's Encounter in the Field (2:1-23) – Ruth and Boaz's Encounter at the Threshing-Floor (3:1-18) – Two Mothers in Bethlehem (4:13-17) – The Lineage of Peretz (4:18-22) – Reading the Story in Light of Winnicott.