Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-223) and index.
Ancient Israelite identity -- Boaz : identity and ethics -- Ruth : identity and ethics -- Naomi : identity and ethics -- A provenance for the book of Ruth.
This study demonstrates the importance of including narrative ethics in a construction of Old Testament ethics. The social identity approach is used as a lens through which to understand and derive ethics. This approach highlights the social emphases of a biblical text, and consequently assists in understanding a text's original ethical message. The book of Ruth is used as a test case, employing a social identity approach for understanding the narrative, but also to model the approach so that it can be implemented more widely in study of the Old Testament and narrative ethics. Each of the prot.
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