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Bibil Identifier bibil:229245
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Literary Effect of Gender Discord in the Book of Ruth
Author Davis, Andrew R.
Journal Journal of Biblical Literature (Volume: 132, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 495-513 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the book of Ruth there are numerous instances of disagreement in gender between a pronoun and its antecedent. Without discounting the various philological explanations that have been given for this disagreement, this article argues that the gender discord is also a literary device that makes an important contribution to the book’s narrative design and its development of characters. The laconic style of Hebrew narrative usually offers no glimpse of characters’ inner lives, but by recognizing the concentration of discordant forms in Naomi’s speech, we can appreciate how they characterize her grief and her ambivalence toward Ruth. The discord also highlights the theme of gender reversal in the book of Ruth. However the examples of gender discord might be explained grammatically, they also play an integral role in the characterization of Naomi and her relationship with Ruth.
DOI 10.1353/jbl.2013.0047
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ruth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Morphology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Rhetoric
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Gender Studies
Pericopes Ruth 4,11-4,12
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