Kinsman-redeemer

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Wed Aug 25 22:17:58 EDT 1999


Matthew Anstey wrote:

> GDay all,
>
> What do people think of the translation of go'el in Ruth as
> kinsman-redeemer? What are the arguments fro and against this, and what are
> other options? Is perhaps "kinsman" a simpler alternative? Thanks for your
> opinions.

A go'el was not just a kinsman, but someone who would act as a legal representative and/or avenger
for another person. A go'el was legally the equivalent of his kinsman whom he represented. Thus,
the go'el in Ruth is not just a kinsman (ie, a relative), but a legal position and relationship.
This is always what a go'el is, especially in the legal portions of the Torah and in Job 19:25.

Best regards.
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
GEORGE ATHAS
 Dept of Semitic Studies,
 University of Sydney
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Tel Dan Inscription Website is at
http://members.xoom.com/gathas/teldan.htm
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::





More information about the b-hebrew mailing list