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Ruth, Part 2, Class Schedule

The outline is from the JPS Commentary. The number of verses to be translated for each class is not even. On “heavy” weeks we will discuss meaning of the book a bit less and on “light” weeks we will spend more time on interpretation and discussion of relevance to theology and practice.

July 22 . . . Ruth 3:1-5 Naomi’s Daring Plan for Desperate Times
July 29 . . . Ruth 3:6-15 Ruth and Boaz on the Threshing Floor
August 5 . . . Ruth 3:16-18 Homecoming with Good News and Grain
August 12 . . . Ruth 4:1-12 Negotiations at the Gate: Redeeming Ruth
August 19 . . . Ruth 4:13-17 Betrothal, Birth, and More Blessings
August 26 . . . Ruth 4:18-22 Epilogue: Reweaving the Web of Life — The Concluding Genealogy

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SYLLABUS, Updated

The updated syllabus is available here as a PDF. Ruth Syllabus Updated

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April-May 2013 Class Schedule

SCHEDULE FOR TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY WORK:

  1. 1:1-7, Prologue: The Departure from Bethlehem
  2. 1:8-18, The Turning Point on the Road to Bethlehem
  3. 1:19-22, Return to Bethlehem
  4. 2:1-3, Home Alone: Starting Over
  5. 2:4-16, In the Field: Finding Food and Favor
  6. 2:17-23, Home Again

READING AND TOPICS, WEEK BY WEEK:

WEEK 1: Ruth 1:1-7, translate. Days of the Judges and a midrash, Elimelekh’s character and a midrash, Hebrew grammar (narration verbs, vav conversive, possessive suffixes). Hesed in Ruth, Hebrew grammar (cardinal numbers in absolute and construct, imperatives). Reading: Eskenazi (JPS Commentary), xv-xxxii and 3-10.

WEEK 2: Ruth 1:8-18, translate. Tikvah as the cord of hope, Hebrew grammar (interrogatives). Reading: Esekenazi xxxii-xxxviii, 10-23.

WEEK 3: Ruth 1:19-22, translate. Shaddai, Hebrew grammar (Hiphil and Niphal verbs). Reading: Esekenazi xxxix-xlviii, 23-26.

WEEK 4: Ruth 2:1-3, translate. Get head start on next section translating, Ruth 2:3-17. Chance and Divine purpose, Gleaning and Holiness, Hebrew grammar (particle of entreaty). Reading: Esekenazi xlviii-liii, 27-31.

WEEK 5: Ruth 2:4-16, translate (hopefully you got a head start last week). Wordplay in the Tanakh, Hebrew grammar (Hophal verbs, jussive forms of the verb). Reading: Esekenazi lii-lv, 31-42.

WEEK 6: Ruth 2:17-23, translate. Holiness beyond obligation, Adonai who does not abandon hesed, Hebrew grammar (relative clauses, complements and adjuncts of verbs). Esekenazi lvi-lxx, 42-47.

REQUIRED TEXTS (The publication dates indicate the required edition.)

  • Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Tikva Frymer-Kensky, The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth. (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2011).
  • William L. Holladay, A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971 or later).

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES (not required for this course)
Ruth Rabbah (in the Midrash Rabbah collection).

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION
rabbileman@gmail.com

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Video: Ancient Bible

Shalom, everyone. This is a short video (less than 2 minutes) I made to introduce what I will be doing with the Ancient Bible project — videos, self-paced online courses, daily tidbits of Hebrew Bible goodness, and more. I will be very thankful for any who share this video on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.

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A Change in Methodology

After seven weeks of teaching a live class and also recording for the web, I learned something. I had devised my method for the class based on a series of circumstances. The method I was using was not the best. I have a better plan going forward. Continue reading

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Next lesson to come . . .

About May 8, 2012. The class here had a review week and then we have a week off.

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No lesson this week

Just a quick note to blog followers: this week we do not have class here in Atlanta, so the next Ruth lesson and related articles and audio files will be posted next week.

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