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The Book of Ruth

130 The Book of Ruth

The book of Ruth records an important part of Israel’s history.  A motif in this book is redemption.  The Hebrew word for redeem, gaal, used in Ruth 4:4 and 7, has presented an exegetical problem for scholars.  Some contend that the word means deliverance, while others say it means to purchase.  Students will examine this and other exegetical challenges as they delve into this intriguing book.