The Story of Naomi--The Book of Ruth (Biblical Performance Criticism Series)
The book of Ruth is probably best known as a romantic love story that, through the expression of loving devotion, overcomes tragedy and ends with the founding of the most famous family in all of biblical Israel. But the book...
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The book of Ruth is probably best known as a romantic love story that, through the expression of loving devotion, overcomes tragedy and ends with the founding of the most famous family in all of biblical Israel. But the book wasn't always this way. In fact, it wasn't a book at all but rather a story told with a very different purpose in mind. Before Ruth, there was the Story of Naomi, a subversive story designed to challenge a male-dominated status quo. Through comedy, sarcastic irony, and unparalleled rhetorical skill the Naomi storyteller holds up for inspection social gender roles and the power of sexuality in a manner that resonates yet today. The Story of Naomi--The Book of Ruth goes behind the literary rendition of the story and recaptures the original oral tale, with script and performance directions that brings to life the humor, tragedy, and transparent honesty shared between the Naomi storyteller and her audience.
Terry Giles (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is a professor in the theology department at Gannon University. He will serve as president of Faculty Senate for the 2004-05 academic year. He has authored a number of books, Prophets, Performance, and Power; A Doubter's Guide to Heaven, Twice Used Songs: Performance Criticism of the Songs of Ancient Israel, Tradition Kept, and The Keepers with Robert T Anderson, as well as several book reviews in the Baptist Review of Theology.
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