But Ruth Clung to Her: Textual Constraints on Ambiguity in Ruth 1:14

Bibliographic Information: 

Callaham, Scott N. “But Ruth Clung to Her: Textual Constraints on Ambiguity in Ruth 1:14.” Tyndale Bulletin 63 (2012): 179-98.

Description:

Researchers commonly assert that deliberately ambiguous language in Ruth 3 kindles sexual tension in the depiction of Ruth’s nocturnal encounter with Boaz upon his threshing floor. Perhaps inspired by the literary artistry of the author of Ruth, some recent interpreters have also averred that an erotic undercurrent flows through words they deem intertextually suggestive and allusively ambiguous in Ruth 1:14 as the text reads, ‘but Ruth clung to her.’ The present study critically examines this proposal in light of interrelated semantic, syntactic, and intertextual literary evidence.

Publisher: 
Tyndale House