Redefining Family in the Book of Ruth

Diane Jacobson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/2013

Issue: Family (Vol. 33, No 1, Winter, 2013)

The book of Ruth daringly redefines the biblical understanding of family, centering not on clan and blood relationships but on acts of loyalty and love. The consequences of this are great. Indeed, without expanding the traditional understanding of family there can be no promised future for Israel, no messianic promise for the world. The salvation of the world depends upon this redefined notion of family.

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