Brett Krutzsch

As scholars have well noted, Boaz, the male protagonist in the book of Ruth, never describes his eventual wife, Ruth, as beautiful, nor does he ever attest his love for her. When readers first encounter Boaz, he appears to be a landowner with some degree of wealth but no known marital or conjugal

Full and Empty Readers

Ruth and the Hermeneutics of Virtue

David Starling

straight by him? Weak, to be sustained by him? To take away from us all occasion for glorying, that he alone might stand forth gloriously and we glory in him? 5 
 Ruth and Hermeneutics
 What light does the Bible shed on the role played by virtuous character in faithful and wise interpretation? One corner

Women, Jung and the Hebrew Bible

An Evaluation of Jungian Interpretations of Hebrew Bible Texts by Way of the Book of Ruth

Helen Efthimiadis-Keith

biblical hermeneutics have been more successful than others.
 In this paper, I would like to evaluate the contribution of one particular psychological approach, namely, a Jungian psychoanalytic approach by way of two readings of the book of Ruth that appeared in print in the same year: Yehez­kel Kluger

Christian M. M. Brady

1. Ruth and Her Targum Ruth is a central figure and a key character in the book that bears her name. There is little debate about that fact. Over the millennia, however, her role and that of Naomi have been minimized, in some cases inadvertently and in others deliberately, through the

Kristin De Troyer

Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 42 (2011) 375-440 423 Ruth . By Udo Quast. (Septuaginta. Vetus Testamentum graecum auctoritate Aca- demiae Scientiarum Gottingensis editum IV.3). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006. ISBN 3-525-53448-5. This volume is the edition of the

Jeremy Schipper

The question of whether the book of Ruth should be understood as containing a polemic against the disparagement of Moabites, in particular Moabite women, remains one of the more durable debates within Ruth scholarship. Recently, a number of scholars have argued for reading the book as a polemic


M.C.A. Korpel

Series: Pericope, 2

The Book of Ruth reads like a novel. Scholars agree on the literary virtuosity of its author, but are deeply divided about the way she or he has structured the work. For the first time ever,
The Structure of the Book of Ruth makes use of hitherto neglected evidence from ancient Hebrew, Greek, Syriac and Latin manuscripts in an attempt to create a more objective basis for discussions about the book’s structure.

This type of structural analysis is a powerful new tool in the hands of Bible scholars. Structural irregularities appear to elucidate the redactional history of the Book of Ruth. Structural breaks and links appear to function as markers indicating a certain understanding of the text to the exclusion of other possibilities.

The question of divine justice comes out as the central theme of the book. Is it justified to accuse God of injustice, as Naomi did? The time when this problem was most virulent was the exilic and post-exilic period. Naomi appears to stand for the old Zion, the embittered widow of Lamentations 1. Ruth is a personification of the new Zion, the bride whom her divine husband will marry again. The remarkable openness to an active role of foreigners and women in the restoration of Israel is a deliberate protest against the draconic measures of Ezra and Nehemiah against marriages with foreign women.

Heldenhafte Zeiten

Die polnischen Erinnerungen an die Revolutions- und Napoleonischen Kriege 1815–1945


Ruth Leiserowitz

Wie erinnerten sich Polen an die Revolutions- und Napoleonischen Kriege? Ruth Leiserowitz hat 150 polnische Romane und zahlreiche Erinnerungen an diese Kriege untersucht.
Über 100 Jahre nach den Ereignissen trugen die Erinnerungen an diese Kriege in allen drei Teilungsgebieten mit dazu bei, einen polnischen Staat wieder zu begründen. Besonders Geschichten über die polnischen Legionäre, ihre Abenteuer und ihre mutigen Leistungen prägten den polnischen historischen Jugendroman, der sich Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts herausbildete und zu einer wichtigen patriotischen Lektion für die Generation wurde, die als junge Erwachsene die Wiederherstellung der Unabhängigkeit Polens 1918 erlebten. Die polnischen Helden jener Zeit sind bis in die Gegenwart erstaunlich gut im Gedächtnis der Polen haften geblieben.

John T. Dekker and Anthony H. Dekker

Introduction One of the significant aspects of the Book of Ruth is the function of the characters in the story. There has been considerable discussion over who is the central character. Adele Berlin argues that Naomi is the central character, but that Ruth is the “main point of interest.” 1


Ruth Rikowski

This book examines various views and perspectives on digitisation. As Simon Tanner, Director Digital Consultancy, King’s College London says in the Foreword: “Digitisation has become a cultural, scholastic, economic and political imperative and raises many issues for our consideration.” Furthermore, that the book: “. . . seeks to address and answer some of the big questions of digitisation. . . It succeeds on many levels. . .” There are 22 contributors in the book, all experts in their fields. The book is divided into six parts: Background and Overview to Digitisation and Digital Libraries; Digitisation and Higher Education; Digitisation and Inequalities; Digital Libraries, Reference Services and Citation Indexing; Digitisation of Rare, Valued and Scholarly Works; and Futuristic Developments of Digitisation.
Topics covered include electronic theses, search engine technology, digitisation in Africa, citation indexing, reference services, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, new media and scholarly publishing. The final chapter explores virtual libraries, and poses some interesting questions for possible futures. Ruth Rikowski concludes by indicating that: “. . . hopefully, the book will provide a source of inspiration for further research, leading to some more effective ways to proceed with the digitisation process. Also, that it will be possible to do this within a framework that can be used for good rather than ill, and for the benefit of many.”