Monday, May 9, 2016

May 27, 2016 -- The Book of Ruth from the Bible

Next meeting is May 27, 2016. We will discuss “The Book of Ruth from the Bible. 
Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: May 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Description from Wikipedia:

The Book of Ruth is a book of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. In the Jewish canon it is included in the third division, or the Writings (Ketuvim); in the Christian canon it is treated as a history book and placed between Judges and 1 Samuel. It is named after its central figure, Ruth the Moabitess, the great-grandmother of David.

The book tells of Ruth's accepting the God of the Israelites as her God and the Israelite people as her own. In Ruth 1:16 and 17 Ruth tells Naomi, her Israelite mother in law, "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me." The book is held in esteem by Jews who fall under the category of Jews-by-choice, as is evidenced by the considerable presence of Boaz in rabbinic literature. The "Book of Ruth" also functions liturgically, as it is read during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot ("Weeks").

The book is traditionally ascribed to the prophet Samuel, but does not name its author. A date during the monarchy is suggested by the book's interest in the ancestry of David, but Ruth's identity as a non-Israelite and the stress on the need for an inclusive attitude towards foreigners suggests an origin in the fifth century BCE, when intermarriage had become controversial (as seen in Ezra 9:1 and Nehemiah 13:1).

1 comment:

Clif Hostetler said...

There were seventeen in attendance at our meeting on May 27, 2016. Those attending included Leroy Seat, Don Pepper, Jan Carter, Ryne Preheim, Kathryn Harris, John Rasmus, Mary Cutting, Marilyn Whitlock, Sarah Whitlock, Tom Brown, Charlie Kline, Greg Brown, Marty Hattan, Bernard Norcott/Mahany, June Seat, Karen Hostetler and Clif Hostetler