Ruth: A Migrant’s Tale (Jewish Lives) (Hardcover)

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A wide-ranging exploration of the story of Ruth, a foreigner who became the founding mother of the Davidic dynasty
 
“[A]n insightful exploration of the book’s themes of otherness, kindness, and loyalty. This is a valuable contribution to the literature on Ruth.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A virtuoso exploration of the Book of Ruth as an admirable touchstone in the realms of literature, art, and human values. Ilana Pardes foregrounds the timeless emergency of migrants and refugees with compassion and depth.”—Galit Hasan-Rokem, author of Web of Life
 
The biblical Ruth has inspired numerous readers from diverse cultural backgrounds across many centuries. In this insightful volume, Ilana Pardes invites us to marvel at the ever-changing perspectives on Ruth’s foreignness. She explores the rabbis’ lauding of Ruth as an exemplary convert, and the Zohar’s insistence that Ruth’s Moabite background is vital to her redemptive powers. In moving to early modern French art, she looks at pastoral paintings in which Ruth becomes a local gleaner, holding sheaves in her hands. Pardes concludes with contemporary adaptations in literature, photography, and film in which Ruth is admired for being a paradigmatic migrant woman. Ruth’s afterlives not only reveal much about their own times but also shine new light on this remarkable ancient tale and point to its enduring significance. In our own era of widespread migration and dislocation, Ruth remains as relevant as ever.

About the Author


Ilana Pardes is Katharine Cornell Professor of Comparative Literature and the director of the Center for Literary Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Countertraditions in the Bible and The Song of Songs: A Biography.

Praise For…


“The author effortlessly combines scholarly erudition with an accessible tone, providing an insightful exploration of the book’s themes of otherness, kindness, and loyalty. This is a valuable contribution to the literature on Ruth.”—Publishers Weekly

“Renowned biblical scholar Ilana Pardes has made a welcome contribution to Yale University Press’s award-winning Jewish Lives series. . . . Pardes suggests that Ruth remains relevant to our own age as a reminder of the many difficulties migrants often face. . . . Lucid and engaging.”—Brian Hillman, Jewish Book Council

“A ‘migrant gleaner’ in her own right, Pardes moves easily from one cultural landscape to another and harvests insight wherever she goes. Her readings of Ruth’s reimaginings are consistently excellent.”—Steven Weitzman, author of The Origin of the Jews

“A virtuoso exploration of the Book of Ruth as an admirable touchstone in the realms of literature, art, and human values. Ilana Pardes foregrounds the timeless emergency of migrants and refugees with compassion and depth.”—Galit Hasan-Rokem, author of Web of Life



Product Details
ISBN: 9780300255072
ISBN-10: 0300255071
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Jewish Lives