Ruth

This page is a collection of all my articles relating to the Book of Ruth and its Targum. For quicker reference, please see the sub-menus above for my short commentary on the Book of Ruth, thematic collections of my articles, and the Targum of Ruth.


Rabbinical views regarding marriage

Not trolling, genuinely rediscovered this during my research (see Tg. Ruth 4:6). Said Rab to R. Assi, “Don’t dwell in a town where horses don’t neigh and dogs don’t bark, don’t dwell in a town where the head of the community is a physician, and don’t marry two women, but if you do marry two, then […]


Boaz’s Turnips – Or Boaz Wakes Up By a Pile of Barley 4   Recently updated!

I just finished this section and I thought it curious (bizarre, amusing) enough to share this snippet. This is from my commentary on Tg. Ruth. No footnotes are reproduced. The Targumist follows the beginning of verse 8 very closely until he reaches the point where Boaz “was startled and turned over” וַיֶּחֱרַד הָאִישׁ וַיִּלָּפֵת. The […]


Targum Ruth: “Judge” or “Leader”

Believe it or not, I am still working on my book on Targum Ruth. One of the interesting bits that I came across while doing my translation a few years ago was the translation of MT’s וַיְהִ֗י בִּימֵי֙ שְׁפֹ֣ט הַשֹּׁפְטִ֔ים The Targum chooses to use the term נגיד. The oldest MS, Valmadonna (V) does not represent both […]


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 […]


SBL 2013 – A Very Nice Time 1

We will be leaving first thing in the morning tomorrow, but had a great time. I heard a number of excellent papers and saw so many great friends who shared their love and concern for us. It was affirming, sad, and wonderful all at once. There is a consultation on the Megilloth in which I […]


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 […]


The Book of Ruth and Fan-fiction

I am wrapping up my article on the character of Boaz. In it I critique the reading of Boaz presented by Fewell and Gunn1 saying, they have created “a kind of ‘fan fiction,’ rooted more in our own interests and imagination than that of the original author.” That got me thinking, does such fanfic exist? […]