By Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg, Peter S. Hawkins

ISBN-10: 0823225712

ISBN-13: 9780823225712

Scrolls of affection is a booklet of unions. Edited via a Jew and a Christian who're united via a shared ardour for the Bible and a typical literary hermeneutic, it joins biblical scrolls and gathers round them a various neighborhood of interpreters. It brings jointly Ruth and the music of Songs, probably disparate texts of the Hebrew Bible, and reads them via the various methodological and theological views. Respectful of conventional biblical scholarship, the gathering of essays strikes past it; alert to modern developments, the quantity returns venerable interpretive culture to heart level. most importantly, it truly is interfaith. although Jews and Christians proportion a typical textual content within the Hebrew Scripture, the 2 groups have learn their Bibles in isolation from each other, in lack of understanding of the richness of the other's traditions of studying. Scrolls of affection brings the 2 traditions into discussion, enriching validated modes of interpretation with unconventional ones. the result's a quantity that units rabbinic, patristic, and medieval readings along feminist, psychoanalytic, and autobiographical ones, combining historic, literary, and textual feedback with quite a few creative reinterpretations-wood cuts and paper cuts, poetry and fiction. a few of the works are scholarly, with the considered necessary footnotes to attract readers to additional inquiry: others are extra reflective than analytic, permitting readers to work out what it ability to dwell in detail with Scripture. As a harmony, the gathering offers Ruth and music of Songs not just as historic texts that need to be valuable yet as previous worlds able to begetting the new.

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The Legal Theme of Obedience The book of Ruth subverts from inside what it considers to be a tragic misunderstanding of Judean identity as reified by the reforms of Ezra and Nehemiah. The pair, to recall, had reaffirmed the legal ostracism of Ammonites and Moabites. One of the ironies of the book of Ruth is that Boaz marries Ruth in obedience to the Law of Moses, not in defiance of it. One can therefore understand the embarrassment of the rabbis, who were obliged to harmonize the frequent biblical excoriation of the Moabites, on the one hand, with the integration of Ruth into Israel as ancestress of David.

Above all, the meaning striven 15 ................. 16151$ $CH2 10-13-06 10:50:15 PS PAGE 15 SCROLLS OF LOVE toward will never be one which exegesis, commentary, translation, paraphrase, psychoanalytic or sociological decoding, can ever exhaust, can ever define as total. Only weak poems can be exhaustively interpreted or understood. 9 The conscientious translator cannot be fully satisfied even if every word choice, judged on its own, is satisfactory. The best translation of a “serious” text must somehow suggest to the reader that the text means still more than this present rendering can convey.

Bride,” by contrast, is a word that connotes joy, hope, expectation, all perhaps mingled with trepidation. There is a special poignancy in the frequent appearance of kallah in the first chapter of Ruth, which begins with the death of three husbands. Therefore, I have chosen to translate the word as “bride-daughter,” even though that means converting a word that was standard vocabulary for Israelites into an English neologism. ” Yet in this first chapter, it serves to remind the reader that the two kallot (plural) whose lives are bound up with Naomi’s are now, like her, widows.

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