The Book of Ruth

Tom Laufer

Fridays, 11:00am, ongoing
CJC Library, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia

The Book of Ruth, is included in the third division, or the Writings (Ketuvim), of the Hebrew Bible; in most Christian canons it is treated as a history book and placed between Judges and 1 Samuel, as it is set "in the days when the judges judged", although the Syriac Christian tradition places it later, between Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs. 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 1:16–17, 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").

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Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Jun 28 2019.
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 11:00
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 11:00
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