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The Trajectory Of Hunger: Appropriation And Prophecy In The Book Of Ruth

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This chapter maps out the narrative dynamic of the Book of Ruth and demonstrates how its complex theological, psychological, territorial, and genealogical content makes it an ideal model of adoption and appropriation of otherness. It argues that Ruth delivers an important moral lesson about the rewards of inclusion and belonging within the literal and symbolic treatment of hunger and feeding. In this connection, the chapter traces the evolution and affect of Ruth's trauma of hunger and survival to the annihilation of Sodom, the departure of Lot and his family, and the etiological conception of Moab in Genesis. In the Book of Ruth, the trauma of hunger animates two important maps: a geographical map and a genealogical map of biblical figures and ancestors. The Book of Ruth proceeds from actual acts of feeding to a didactic story about feeding hunger for the experience of nativeness.

Keywords: biblical figures; Book of Ruth; Moab



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