SCHEDULE FOR TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY WORK:
- 1:1-7, Prologue: The Departure from Bethlehem
- 1:8-18, The Turning Point on the Road to Bethlehem
- 1:19-22, Return to Bethlehem
- 2:1-3, Home Alone: Starting Over
- 2:4-16, In the Field: Finding Food and Favor
- 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).
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