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June 02, 2015


William Brown

I've done quite a bit of work studying Ruth with a former professor of mine. I may actually take some of your questions and provide my own thoughts about them on my blog. Would you mind that?

Jim Gordon

That's fine William - I;m happy to have the discussion widened.I've read your post, and fully agree that the hermeneutic stance of myself even asking the question is relevant. As is your positing different questions and questioning the adequacy of mine. That is the case not only with every question we ask, but why we choose these questions, and how carefully we listen to alternative questions. The central characters are women, the initiating protagonists throughout are women - that I think is simply there in the story. Of course the outworking purposes of God in history is the focal point, but in this story those purposes are refracted powerfully through the experiences of women. The book of Ruth is not short of commentaries - the gender imbalance is impressive, and my question remains whether a woman's perspective would enrich the understanding and interpretation of this Bible story.

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