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Ruth, Book of
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I. Content and Structure

The book of Ruth begins with a situation typical of Israel’s historical memory. Like Abraham and Sarah (cf. Gen 12:10–20) and the whole tribe of Jacob (cf. Gen 46–47), in the midst of a famine a family leaves its home in Bethlehem to seek survival in the land of Moab. But Moab proves a deathtrap: first Elimelech dies, then his two sons…

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Zenger, Erich, “Ruth, Book of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024675>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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