Ruth Amid the Gentiles

Peter S. Hawkins

in Scrolls of Love

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225712
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237067 | DOI:
Ruth Amid the Gentiles

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The book of Ruth becomes a liberation text for women—not exactly a song of Miriam about the destruction of Pharaoh and his horsemen, not a cry to arms such as was sung by Deborah or Judith, but a kinder, gentler rally cry to “make a life for ourselves”, “fear nothing and risk anything”, “see ourselves” as “carriers of the Word of God”—as Theotokoi, godbearers. Because generations of Marian piety have stressed the Blessed Mother's impossible purity, passivity, and perpetual virginity, for many women Mary has ceased to be plausible as a person, let alone an exemplary figure. Ruth, on the other hand, goes from rags to riches (not to mention to sex and motherhood) in “twelve months”. Her story suggests that, in God's grace, so can all other people, too.

Keywords: book of Ruth; liberation text; Miriam; Marian piety; Ruth

Chapter.  5023 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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