Ruth is one of the Old Testament women often lauded for her loyalty and nobility. Why would she be included in a book about vilified, sexualized, and marginalized women? Modern readers may be surprised to know that some scholars over the centuries have focused on her questionable behavior in chapter 3, when she approaches Boaz on the threshing floor. Was she making improper overtures, or was she acting within the Mosaic Law? What was that whole Levirate law and kinsman-redeemer thing, anyway, that put Boaz into a position to help Ruth? Marnie Legaspi, writer of the Ruth chapter in Vindicating the Vixens, unpacks the context of this small but significant story nestled within the dark time of the judges. Listen as she talks with Rebecca about the woman who challenged an honorable man to step even closer to the heart of Yahweh.
Marnie Legaspi, author of the chapter on Ruth, unpacks the context of this small but significant story nestled within the dark time of the judges. Over the next few weeks, the authors of the chapters covering the five women in Jesus’s genealogy will also join Rebecca to discuss their perspectives. We hope you will purchase your own copy of the book and join us for the first HSF book club!