Friday 29 May 2009

Yitzhak Berger on Ruth and the David-Bathsheba Story

Yitzhak Berger, ‘Ruth and the David-Bathsheba Story: Allusions and Contrasts’, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 33.4 (2009), 433-52.

Allusions and links between Ruth and the Judah-Tamar incident of Genesis 38 have been well documented and provoked some discussion. Yitzhak Berger looks here at links between Ruth and the David-Bathsheba story of 2 Samuel 11, particularly arguing that ‘the author of Ruth sought to cast the troubling depiction of David in the Bathsheba affair… as a departure from the authentic, unblemished character of the Judean royal lineage’ (436-37).

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