[b-hebrew] Dating the Book of Ruth

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Jun 1 22:45:31 EDT 2010


Appears to me that that Ruth is likely from רוּץ or from רוּט  
of the root ירט, 'haste'.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jun 1, 2010, at 9:05 PM, George Athas wrote:

> Bryant Williams asks about the arguments for a late dating of Ruth.  
> Since this goes beyond the original thread in which it was placed,  
> I've changed the subject name. Please continue the thread here.
>
> What do we make of some of the personal names in Ruth:
>
> Mahlon = 'Critically ill' (Guess what he does: he dies!)
> Chilion = 'Terminally ill' (Guess what he does: he dies!)
> Orpah = 'Back-of-the-neck girl' (Guess what she does: she turns her  
> back on Naomi)
> Ruth = 'companion' (Guess what she does: she acts as Naomi's  
> companion)
> Naomi = 'Sweetie' (She's anything but, and she knows it, too)
> Boaz = 'Strongly/Lively' (Guess what he does: he comes to the rescue)
>
> Should these wordplays figure in a discussion on the dating of the  
> book of Ruth?
>
>
> GEORGE ATHAS
> Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)
> www.moore.edu.au
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