Centrality in the Book of Ruth

In: Vetus Testamentum
John T. Dekker Talua Theological Training Institute Sanma Province Vanuatu

Search for other papers by John T. Dekker in
Current site
Google Scholar
Anthony H. Dekker Dekker Consulting po Box 3925 Manuka act 2603 Australia

Search for other papers by Anthony H. Dekker in
Current site
Google Scholar
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution


Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):



The mathematics of social network analysis may be employed to determine the central character in a narrative. In this article, a number of centrality measures are utilised in order to illuminate the issue of the central character in the Book of Ruth. The mathematical analysis surprisingly points to Boaz as being the most central character of the book, but highlights the fact that “centrality” is an elusive concept.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 484 40 3
Full Text Views 689 9 2
PDF Views & Downloads 370 16 2