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The book of Ruth and its literary voice

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In the past century, the book of Ruth has been read and interpreted as folk literature. This chapter offers a sketch of the literary voice in the book of Ruth. Scholars regularly point to female features in Ruth to support their gender reading of the text. It was either written by a woman or depicts the female perspective because of the literary style. Bauckham's view that a male author wrote from the female perspective is further explored in the chapter, as was his suggestion that the female voice is latterly supplanted by the male voice in the genealogy. Despite its title, the book of Ruth is not just about Ruth, but equally or in greater measure also the story of Naomi and Boaz.

Keywords: Boaz; book of Ruth; literary voice; Naomi



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