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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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The Book of Ruth As Comedy: Classical and Modern Perspectives

The Book of Ruth As Comedy: Classical and Modern Perspectives

(p.31) The Book of Ruth As Comedy: Classical and Modern Perspectives
Scrolls of Love

Nehama Aschkenasy

Fordham University Press

More than any other biblical story or cycle of tales, the book of Ruth belongs to the dramatic genre. Structured as a series of short, eventful scenes animated by spirited, dynamic dialogue, it can be easily adapted for the stage. Scholarly consensus regarding the literary genre of the book of Ruth is that it is “a historical short story” or a novella written in prose, and, at times, in poetic prose. Yet the predominance of dialogue and the clear division of the dramatic structure into different scenes allows one to view the book of Ruth as drama. Dialogue is the fiber of drama, the yarn that weaves the story. As in the best plays, in the book of Ruth it is dialogue that advances action and reveals character.

Keywords:   biblical story, drama, book of Ruth, poetic prose, dialogue

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