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From Alienation to Monarchy

In this fluent and penetrating study of the Book of Ruth, Yael Ziegler provides a masterful primer on how to read biblical narratives with sensitivity and depth, using recent methodological breakthroughs in the study of Tanakh. Beyond providing an eye-opening reading of a familiar biblical book, the author creatively demonstrates that midrashic readings can reveal deep strata of textual meaning, and combines these insights with classical and contemporary scholarship to uncover the religious messages of this beautifully crafted story. In Ruth: From Alienation and Monarchy, modern techniques of literary analysis and rabbinic homilies merge to yield common insights into themes such as leadership, redemption, identity, and social morality.

The Book of Ruth, with its focus on the exemplary behavior of Ruth and Boaz, stands at the crossroads between society's downward trajectory during the era of the Judges and its ascent during the era of the monarchy. It teaches the timeless lesson of how two individuals can act in accordance with their own conscience and, through small acts of kindness and humanity, change the course of history and restore hope and unity to a nation.


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ISBN 9781592643776
author Dr. Yael Ziegler
Pages 506
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Author Dr. Yael Ziegler

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"Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy" A must read for everybody! please release more books by DR. YAEL ZIEGLER :) (Posted on 11/16/2016)

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“The experience of using this book alongside the text is like having a master teacher at your side illuminating and expounding upon the biblical work.” – Association of Jewish Libraries (Read Full Review Here)

“Insightful and original … has added a new dimension to the serious study of Bible... Ziegler’s study of Ruth is a tour de force of traditional Bible scholarship, original insights and academic scholarship… Even the most erudite scholar will benefit from Ziegler’s exciting and intellectually challenging new reading of this beautiful book.” – Prof. Alan Jotkowitz, The Jerusalem Post (Read Full Review Here)

“Ziegler is a leading member of the cadre of modern religious Bible scholars in Israel who combine the best methods of literary analysis of the biblical text with a judicious sampling of midrashic interpretations by the classical rabbis…. Fascinating analysis … she brings the story to life in a readable style that should engage any interested reader of the Bible.” – Prof. Martin Lockshin, Canadian Jewish News (Read Full Review Here)

“This is the way a close and careful reader analyzes a text. Ziegler has learned well from the students of modern literature, and she skillfully applies their techniques to the reading of the Bible. She thereby enables us to discover many of its nuances, and clarifies its meaning for us all.” – Rabbi Jack Riemer, (Read Full Review Here)

“An impressive work of seminal scholarship.” – Helen Dumont, Midwest Book Review (Read Full Review Here)

“An enriching, enlightening study of the Book of Ruth… breathes life into these biblical characters, and suggests ways of understanding the biblical narrative that feel fresh and exciting.” – Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star (Read Full Review Here)

“Ziegler’s command of the body of interpretation of Ruth, from midrashic, to medieval Jewish exegetes, to contemporary scholars, is everywhere apparent… Ziegler takes midrash seriously as exegesis and tries to understand what narrative gaps the rabbis were trying to fill with even their least tenable interpretations…Ziegler has written a commentary that exemplifies the unique combination of literary analysis, theology, and loyalty to rabbinic tradition of the new Gush method of Bible study.” Elli Fischer, The Jewish Review of Books (Read Full Review Here)


“It is the book I had been waiting for and more... brings richness and clarity to the story… a book to savor… Ziegler has the talent for putting the deepest and most interesting facts and commentary into very readable, accessible words… it should be in the home of everyone who enjoys studying the Bible.” - Batya Medad, Israel National News (Read Full Review Here) 




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Dr. Yael Ziegler
Dr. Yael Ziegler is a lecturer in Bible at Herzog Academic College and at Matan Jerusalem, and author of Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative. A graduate of S...
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