Which Bethlehem? A Tale of Two Cities

Frederick J. Gaiser

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/2013

Issue: Bread (Vol. 33, No 4, Fall, 2013)

Two stories of Bethlehem (the “house of bread”), back to back in our present Bibles, contrast the ugly consequences of hospitality denied (the Outrage at Gibeah) and the delightful consequences of hospitality given (Ruth). The hospitality granted Ruth leads even to the messianic line of Jesus—a remarkable promise to us and a lesson for our own behavior.

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