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Bibil Identifier bibil:223917
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) An Indecent Proposal: The Theological Core of the Book of Ruth
Author Halton, Charles
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 26, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 30-43 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Traditionally, biblical commentators either tone down the sex-ual tension within Ruth 3 or celebrate it with sensationalistic exuberance. However, theologians have not attempted to integrate the provocative nature of the passage into a theological understanding of the book or the character of Ruth. This essay outlines the reasons why Naomi's plan is rightly interpreted as an attempt at sexual entrapment. Ruth follows this plan until the very last minute when she reveals herself and her intentions to Boaz. Both of these ac-tions―showing fidelity to both Naomi and Boaz―exposed Ruth to potential harm and as such serves as a picture what esed entails.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2012.704197
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ruth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sexuality
Pericopes Ruth 3
Terms חֶסֶד חסד
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