Book Catalogue

The Book of Ruth: Paradise Gained and Lost

Author Benjamin J. Segal
Language English
Number of pages 144
Publication year 2020
ISBN 9657023270, 9789657023273
Publisher The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and Gefen Publishing House

The Book of Ruth addresses modernity in all its complexity. Benjamin Segal, past president of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and author of previous biblical commentaries, unlocks the book’s literary structure and lasting import, while drawing on classical and modern sources. He writes:

This new commentary understands the Book of Ruth to be a fantasy of perfection: a brief moment of grace, of welcoming strangers, of feminine leadership, of flexible laws and of humans achieving God’s agenda. The moment is gone but that horizon remains.

“The Book of Ruth is one of the most appealing to modern biblical interpreters, touching as it does on so many subjects of current concern: the emergence of female equality, the significance of legal evolvement, the acceptance of the outsider, to name a few. An inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking study, The Book of Ruth: Paradise Gained and Lost is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, synagogue, community, college and university library Judaic Biblical Studies collections.”
                                                                                                                                                   – Midwest Book Review 



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