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Marriage and Redemption in the Book of Ruth 4   Recently updated!

“Oh my gosh! Is that a…woman?!” This brief post began as a response to a comment on my earlier post “Age in the Book of Ruth and a Proxy Marriage?” The commentator very simply stated that the marriage between Ruth and Boaz was because “a baby needed to be born to preserve the line of […]


A close reading of Ruth

Commentary on the Book of Ruth

A close reading of Ruth The Book of Ruth The four chapters of the book of Ruth are often and understandably broken down into four primary scenes, with the actions of each scene driven by different characters. In chapter 1, Naomi is the primary mover, returning to Bethlehem with Ruth and setting off the chain […]


The Action Bible Review – Comic Disappointment 3

UPDATE: See my comment on the end about suitability for children. My wife and daughter, knowing that I love comics and cartoons, bought me The Action Bible for Christmas. I was very excited! The artist Sergio Cariello is excellent with Marvel and DC Comics credits to his name. Unfortunately his beautiful work is completely undermined by […]


Boaz: Centrally Marginalized 2   Recently updated!

This was a paper originally presented at the Mid-Atlantic SBL in 2010 and was going to be part of an article on the character of Boaz. Now that the book on Tg. Ruth is complete, this will not be making it into an article and so I thought I would make it available here. You can find a companion “close reading” of the character of Boaz that […]


A close reading of Ruth

Boaz – A close reading of Ruth 4

The selection below was written “on background” one might say. I wanted to articulate what I thought was a close and “simple” reading of how the Book of Ruth presents the character of Boaz. I then went on to critique a few key modern interpreters, but that will have to wait for another post or even a published […]


Why did Mahlon and Chilion die? According to the Targum 8

Last month I presented my paper on the conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth. I noted, in passing, that the Targum also explains why the two sons/husbands died in Moab. 4 They [Mahlon and Chilion] transgressed the decree of the Memra of the Lord and they took for themselves foreign wives from the house of Moab. After my paper a man came […]


More on motivation and characters in the Book of Ruth

I am just reading through an article by my friend Tod Linafelt (“Narrative and Poetic Art in the Book of Ruth,” Interpretation 64:2, 117-129 [2010]). It is a broad and useful reading of Ruth. You may recall from my earlier post I quoted Campbell who said, It is inherent in biblical thought generally that a […]


International SBL in Amsterdam 1

I am in late in posting the news, but my paper has been accepted for the International SBL conference this summer in Amsterdam. No one will be surprised to know that my paper is on Targum Ruth. The title character of the book of Ruth has been viewed historically as everything from the paragon of […]