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The Story of NaomióThe Book of Ruth: From Gender to Politics
Giles, Terry and William J. Doan

Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016 pp. x + 207. $25.00

Series Information
Biblical Performance Criticism, 13


Description: The book of Ruth is probably best known as a romantic love story that, through the expression of loving devotion, overcomes tragedy and ends with the founding of the most famous family in all of biblical Israel. But the book wasn't always this way. In fact, it wasn't a book at all but rather a story told with a very different purpose in mind. Before Ruth, there was the Story of Naomi, a subversive story designed to challenge a male-dominated status quo. Through comedy, sarcastic irony, and unparalleled rhetorical skill the Naomi storyteller holds up for inspection social gender roles and the power of sexuality in a manner that resonates yet today. The Story of Naomi--The Book of Ruth goes behind the literary rendition of the story and recaptures the original oral tale, with script and performance directions that brings to life the humor, tragedy, and transparent honesty shared between the Naomi storyteller and her audience.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Ruth, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches

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Review by Christina Landman
Published 11/2/2017
Citation: Christina Landman, review of Terry Giles And William J. Doan, The Story of Naomi—The Book of Ruth: From Gender to Politics, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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