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11-14-07 Tales of Women: Ruth, Esther, the Songs of Songs I. Women as Leading Characters: An Overview II. The Story of Ruth a. Introduction i. Moabite woman who is left desolate because her husband dies ii. Uses her wits, determination and sexuality to ward off further desolation iii. Not about God’s divine intervention about human interactions, love, faithfulness, and loyalty iv. Short story v. A woman acts courageously and uses her sexuality wisely and effectively to achieve her goals and to convince a powerful man to act on her behalf vi. Salvation comes from human actions not divine intervention b. The Narrative i. A non-Jew is a man character which makes this story different ii. Moabites and Israelites 1. Deuteronomy 23:3 2. Numbers 25:1-5 iii. The Characters in Ruth 1. Elimelech (an Israelite) 2. Naomi (his wife) 3. Ruth (her daughter-in-law) 4. Boaz (Naomi’s rich relative) iv. Chapter 1 Famine occurs, and Naomi and Ruth flee because they are both widows v. Chapter 2 Ruth meeting her rich relative, Ruth proposes to Naomi that she collects what is left over after the harvesters come through. The field Ruth does this to is Boaz’s field, Naomi’s rich relative.
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