Archive for the ‘Ruth’ Category

  • Introducing Ruth

    May 12, 15 • Bible Books, RuthComments Off on Introducing Ruth
    Introducing Ruth

    Just four chapters, here’s a story without violence or even conflict, a simple everyday tale of country folk, yet Ruth grips hearers is loved by everyone and carries profound theological messages, that echo into the books before and after Ruth in the Christian Bible...

  • Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2

    Nov 7, 14 • Reading, Ruth, TheologyComments Off on Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2
    Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2

    Go’el is another thoroughly cultural word, that is highly theological. Again it is prominent in Ruth. This time there is one English word that is often a decent translation, redeemer, the problem is redeem carries a different weight of overtones from ga’al. There is a good short post about ga’al here with reference to Jesus [&hellip...

  • hesed: Hebrew has a word for it… #1

    Aug 28, 13 • Covenant, Faith, Grace, OT, RuthComments Off on hesed: Hebrew has a word for it… #1
    hesed: Hebrew has a word for it… #1

    Here’s the first of a new series of podcasts on words that pose particular difficulty because English either lacks clearly similar concepts, or the word carries quite different connotations (emotional overtones and other baggage) from the word that denotes (points to) a similar thing. The first word is hesed a key virtue in the Bible [&hellip...

  • Ruth is from Moab, but Boaz is from Bethlehem

    Feb 26, 13 • Culture, Narrative, Reading, Ruth2 Comments
    Ruth is from Moab, but Boaz is from Bethlehem

    Here’s the video version of this podcast (the audio only version is here). It offers another approach to Ruth, this time borrowing from the Swiss scholar Crapon di Caprona and suggesting a reading of Ruth 2 that takes account of the cultural discrepancy implied in the text… what DO you think...

  • Direct speech in biblical narratives

    Feb 15, 13 • 1 Samuel, Jonah, Narrative, RuthComments Off on Direct speech in biblical narratives
    Direct speech in biblical narratives

    There are many ways in which the story-tellers of the Bible ensure that their tellings are lively and engaging. One is through the way they report speech. There is usually more “direct speech” (where the words of a character are “quoted”) then “indirect speech” (where the teller tells us the gist of what the character [&hellip...

  • Chance or Providence?

    Feb 13, 13 • Gapping, Genesis, Narrative, Ruth3 Comments
    Chance or Providence?

    Often in biblical narrative things “just seem to happen”, rather like they do in our lives 😉 But are such “happenings” chance or divine providence at work? We’ll try to decide, using Gen 37:12ff. (read with Gen 39) and Ruth 2 as examples.  ...

  • Working with what the Bible doesn’t say

    Oct 2, 12 • Genesis, Reading, RuthComments Off on Working with what the Bible doesn’t say
    Working with what the Bible doesn’t say

    In this post I’ll start looking at how we respond to the Bible’s silences, often there are questions we want to ask the Bible, which the Bible does not answer. What do we do then? Some of these questions, like the one I start with produce classic biblical puzzlers… By the way, if the sound [&hellip...

  • Bridges in Biblical Narrative

    Jul 17, 12 • Jonah, Narrative, RuthComments Off on Bridges in Biblical Narrative
    Bridges in Biblical Narrative

    Like soap-operas, and other serials, biblical narratives with several episodes often seek to bridge between two parts. These bridges are often verses that serve to link one episode to another. We’ll look at examples from Ruth, Jonah and Genesis 2-...

  • Humour in the Bible: 8 Ruth: Ruth is from Moab, Boaz is from Bethlehem

    May 14, 11 • Context, Humour, Reading, Ruth1 Comment
    Humour in the Bible: 8 Ruth: Ruth is from Moab, Boaz is from Bethlehem

    Ruth is a lovely story, it’s humour is1 gentle and subtle. Part of the subtlety is that most (though not all) of the signs of humour are missing. However, I think we are intended to smile in at least two ways in the portrayal of the characters. For this entry in the humour series I [&hellip...

  • E100-30: Ruth 1:1 – 4:22: At last a nice story!

    May 28, 10 • E100, Ruth, Theology1 Comment
    E100-30: Ruth 1:1 – 4:22: At last a nice story!

    Well, Judges was thoroughly censored for E100, as it is for most church use, the bits we got were the rare good bits, cf. my Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored? (which got me into trouble with a fundamentalist who could not be bothered to actually listen to what I was [&hellip...