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Scrolls of LoveRuth and the Song of Songs$
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Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225712

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225712.001.0001

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“All that You Say, I Will Do”: A Sermon On the Book of Ruth

“All that You Say, I Will Do”: A Sermon On the Book of Ruth

(p.3) “All that You Say, I Will Do”: A Sermon On the Book of Ruth
Scrolls of Love

Ellen F. Davis

Fordham University Press

The first words of Ruth: “In the days when the judges were judging, there was a famine in the land”. “The days when the judges were judging”—if one has read the seventh book of the Bible, then one knows that it was a time of political chaos, with Philistine enemies pressing hard on Israel's flank, and the “national leadership” worse than a bad joke. Against this background of deterioration and disaster on a national scale, the small domestic tale of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz unfolds. The book of Ruth is the still small voice in the canon. It quietly refutes the great-man theory of history, the notion that all the really important events occur in war rooms or on battlefields or even on holy mountains. And this is a further reason to love this story, because it gives people hope and direction for themselves and hope also for something beyond their own lives. “All that you say, I will do for you” is a statement of complete trust and deference.

Keywords:   Ruth, Bible, Boaz, Naomi, disaster, deterioration, trust, deference

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