[b-hebrew] Dating the Book of Ruth

James Christian jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 2 04:52:56 EDT 2010

But other people seem to have fitting names as well. It's not limited to
people whose name is expicitly recorded to have changed. Adam, Eve, Esau
(Edom), Isaac, Benjamin all seem to have names fitting some aspect of the
story. Then we get Moses. Then we get Joshua. Pretty much most key role
characters have fitting names. Then after David we get Solomon the king of
peaceable times. It's only really after Solomon that key figures like Kings
seem to have names plucked randomly from a pool of Hebrew names. If we were
to go by this pattern for dating purposes then this makes Ruth an early
work. In any case, I'm not sure if I see this as a good guideline for dating

James Christian

On 2 June 2010 11:06, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:

> James:
> On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 11:55 PM, James Christian
> <jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com>wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > erm. Isn't Genesis full of characters with names fitting what they did or
> > would do? Don't names even get changed as they become famous for
> something
> > else?
> >
> > Abram becomes Abraham.
> > Sarai becomes Sarah
> > Jacob becomes Israel
> >
> > Only three individuals, and you listed all of them. But then they may
> seem
> like a majority, as the majority of the book of Genesis dealt with them,
> either directly or indirectly. Nobody else in Genesis had that name change,
> and off the top of my head I can’t remember anyone else either.
> >
> > James Christian
> >
> Karl W. Randolph.
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