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By Steven L. McKenzie

ISBN-10: 0664256953

ISBN-13: 9780664256951

During this much-needed reminder for these suffering to reside devoted lives this present day, Steven McKenzie insists that the Bible's real message leads Christians clear of the evils of racism and narrowness of bigotry to God's imaginative and prescient of humanity and team spirit.

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She advises Ruth to accept Boaz's hospitality and remain with his harvesters for the remainder of the season (2:21–22), which she does (2:23).  Then she is to "uncover his feet" (or "legs") and lie down until he directs her what to do (3:4).  Or is the significance of Ruth's actions based on some other custom?  Neither Boaz nor the nearer kinsman mentioned in 3:12 are brothers to Ruth's dead husband, yet each is called a "redeemer" (Hebrew go'el).  Ruth's unselfish love shines through.  Naomi's respect for and confidence in Boaz is apparent in her final statement to Ruth in this scene that he will not rest until he has settled the matter that very day (3:18).

She advises Ruth to accept Boaz's hospitality and remain with his harvesters for the remainder of the season (2:21–22), which she does (2:23).  Then she is to "uncover his feet" (or "legs") and lie down until he directs her what to do (3:4).  Or is the significance of Ruth's actions based on some other custom?  Neither Boaz nor the nearer kinsman mentioned in 3:12 are brothers to Ruth's dead husband, yet each is called a "redeemer" (Hebrew go'el).  Ruth's unselfish love shines through.  Naomi's respect for and confidence in Boaz is apparent in her final statement to Ruth in this scene that he will not rest until he has settled the matter that very day (3:18).

This was one of the strains of exclusivism that were present in ancient Israel, in spite of the lessons about God's universal love in Genesis. Page 24 Our task will be to try to set it in its historical, cultural, and literary context.  In his speeches he tells the people how they are to take the land and then live in it according to the law that they have received from God.  Then, both here and in subsequent chapters, we will explore the responses to it within the Bible itself.  Only the valuable metals—gold, silver, and bronze—are retained for deposit into the treasury for Yahweh (7:19), for they also belong to Yahweh.

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