Week 6 – “Sign of Orpah” Donaldson

November 3, 2007

More so than the previous article, I am especially challenged at Donaldson’s interpretation of Ruth, one of my favorite Bible stories growing up. I always imagined (or maybe I was always taught) that because of Ruth’s great loyalty and submission, she was accepted into the family of God and even given a special place in Jesus’ ancestry. To read the story as the tragic assimilation of a unique identity into one that eclipses and, essentially, destroys it. Ruth’s heroic moment is now her lamentable choice to fade away. That’s just depressing.

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