Role Of Ruth And Esther In The Bible


Length: 1327 words (3.8 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Excellent
Open Document
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Text Preview

More ↓

Continue reading...

Open Document

Torah (the Law) "…means "teaching" or "instruction"…(Harris, 3) for mankind. The Torah includes both the Oral Law and the Written Law. In addition, the Law is an extension of sacred oral tradition, thus broadening the meaning of Torah to designate the entire body of Jewish laws, customs, and ceremonies.
Nevi'im( the Prophets) "…consists of narratives relating to Israel's …" (Harris, 3) history as a nation on its land and a "…collections of oracles" (Harris, 6) . Supporters of God's covenant do battle against the paganism of neighboring groups and among the Israelites themselves. The Prophets seem to have become a closed collection of books and status equal to that of the Law.
Kethuvim (the Writings) "…contains the most diverse material…" (Harris, 6), is a miscellaneous repository for all the books accepted later. It contains books of history, prophecy, wisdom, and poetry randomly tossed together in a mixed bag. Jewish books written in Greek such as the Apocrypha were not included as part of the canon of the Hebrew Bible. Apocalypses "…means an "uncovering" and "revelations"…(Harris, 6) symbolic visions to encourage the righteous to remain faithful despite persecution.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Role Of Ruth And Esther In The Bible." 123HelpMe.com. 20 Aug 2017
    <http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=168987>.
Title Length Color Rating  
A Report on Esther Essay - Introduction Throughout time, people have attempted to destroy the nation of Israel, the “apple of God’s eye.” It was because from the Jews, came the covenants, promises, the law, and the messiah—the savior of the world. God’s chosen people are the enemy of Satan, the prince of this world, and the conflict started back in Genesis 3:15. While a remnant from Judah returned to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, other Jews remained in the cities of their captivity. Some were welcomed as valued members of their communities, but others were despised and hated....   [tags: Bible, The Book of Esther, God, Jews] 2836 words
(8.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Esther in the Bible Essay - The book of Esther tells the faithfulness of one woman and her uncle. It is only one of two books that contain the heroism and bravery of a woman heroine. The story of Esther accomplishes two profound things, the first: “To demonstrate God’s providential care of his people, even those outside the land of Israel, and 2) to commend the observance of the feast of Purim by relating how it originated” (Breneman 289).Unlike the rest of the Bible the story of Esther does not directly state or talk about God, but instead shows God’s plans for all of our lives and how in all frightening moments of life, He remains faithful to those who trust and have faith in Him....   [tags: God's Plan, Faith in God, Bible, God]
:: 4 Works Cited
1896 words
(5.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Book of Ruth's Integral Role in Christian Women History and Theology - ... Although Naomi has her family to fall back on, Ruth did not have much assets in order for her to survive in the society she is in. In addition, she was also a foreigner, thus, that puts her in limited circumstances. This introduces the binary opposition that Book of Ruth imposes, especially on the character, Ruth. According to Helen Efthimiadis in her article, “Woman to Womyn: Countering Patriarchal Stereotypes in the Book of Ruth”, there is a selection of binary oppositions that relates to patriarchal standards....   [tags: Bible studies, religious beliefs]
:: 2 Works Cited
1348 words
(3.9 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
A Judgment in Stone, by Ruth Rendell Essay - As human beings, our personalities determine our actions. In the novel, “A Judgment in Stone” by Ruth Rendell, Eunice Parchman and Joan Smith both possess two distinct personalities that fuel their hatred of the Coverdale family. Because of Eunice’s illiteracy and Joan’s insanity, they develop a mutual friendship that proves to be fatal for the Coverdale family. Eunice Parchman’s illiteracy drives her to kill the Coverdale family and leads to the discovery of her crime. Eunice is accused by Rendell of killing the Coverdale family because she cannot read or write (1)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Ruth Rendell]
:: 1 Works Cited
1070 words
(3.1 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Essay about Bible's Book of Esther is Full of Mysteries - ... The book of Esther juggles the question whether the Jewish populace who are under Haman’s persecution would survive or get systematically exterminated. Though the book deals with religious issues, it never mentions the name of God on the text either in plain text or under the text. The purpose of the book of Esther is understood by the genre and the theme of the book. The theme of triumph of the Jewish populace over the powerful oppressor Haman and the Persian Empire is what defines and sets the book of Esther apart from other Old Testament books with its nontheistic looking text....   [tags: forefathers, persian empire, persecution] 1013 words
(2.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
God's Providence in the Book of Esther Essay - ... Ahasuerus was not aware of Haman’s past with the Jews and he didn’t consider what this acceptance of Haman’s plans would do to his empire. Clearly showing that something supernatural had to occur in order to save this situation. Haman was bent on destroying the entire Jewish race and restoring what he believed was lost for his people. There was nothing good about Haman or about what he was planning for the Jews, but this would change and he would become the instrument that catalyst Gods plan for his people....   [tags: bible, prophecy, israel]
:: 1 Works Cited
1622 words
(4.6 pages)
Research Papers [preview]
Grace Throughout the Bible Essay - I will look at the lives of Moses, Haggai and Ester who with God’s grace overcame huge obstacles in their families, situations, and beliefs to further God’s Kingdom in amazing ways. In Philip Yancey’s Book What’s so Amazing About Grace. Yancey says that grace, “Contains the essence of the gospel as a drop of water can contain the image of the sun.” (Yancey, 12) This and God’s promise that his grace will never leave us makes grace an incredible theme throughout the Bible. Grace is an incredible thing that is defined in a variety of ways....   [tags: Overcoming Imperfection, Esther, Moses]
:: 3 Works Cited
1060 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
In the Mist of A Storm: The Book of Ruth Essay - ... While at first this seems like just two women trying to feed themselves what really happens is that God puts their situation out in the open so that His power could begin to toil transparently, but yet still discernably in their lives. Ruth meets Boaz and immediately there is a connection. From this point forward Boaz’s faith starts to intermingle with Ruth and Naomi. At this moment we see a shifted from no hope to a possibility of triumph or Ruth and Naomi. Seeing this greatness unfold Naomi’s prayers is answered when she sees a way for redemption to enter both her and Ruth’s life....   [tags: Bible studies, religious beliefs]
:: 10 Works Cited
1243 words
(3.6 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
The Identities of Joseph and Esther from the Old Testament Essay - The Identities of Joseph and Esther from the Old Testament The Bible is full of common themes, yet there one prominent underlying thread that runs constant throughout is that in order to be influential, people are placed in positions where they are able to assimilate to the common culture, but are still set apart from other ordinary people. Assimilation is defined as the process where a group adopts the customs of the prevailing culture, whereas consecration refers to someone who is set apart as sacred....   [tags: Joseph Esther Religion Religious Essays] 1371 words
(3.9 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig Essay - “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” (Johann von Goethe) “The Endless Steppe” by Esther Hautzig is a novel about a family’s determination to survive. In the novel it tells of how determination, the human ability to adopt, and happiness can hold a family together and help them even preserver over all odds. In addition, “The Endless Steppe” tells of Reisa, Ryia, and Esther tales of how they overcame these ordeals and survived in Siberia in their own way. The theme of this book is that the human capacity to adapt to and find happiness in the most difficult circumstances....   [tags: Esther Hautzig Endless Steppe] 851 words
(2.4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]



The visions often use graphic symbols such as animals with bizarre features to represent national and political groups.
This paper explains their role as women in the Book of Ruth and the Book of Esther, from the Hebrew bible. Ruth and Esther are stories of heroines; the contrast in the purposes of Ruth and Esther sharply distinguishes the books.
The Book of Ruth basic plot is as follows: The prologue tells us how Naomi, her husband and two sons went to Moab, where her sons married. Eventually, Naomi’s husband and sons died, and she decided to return to Bethlehem in Judea (Ruth 1:1-7).
In the first act, Naomi tells her Moabite daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, to stay in Moab. Orpah eventually agreed, but Ruth refused to leave Naomi and accompanied her to Bethlehem (Ruth 1:8-22).
The next act sees Ruth gathering barley in the fields of Naomi’s relative, Boaz, who showed special concern for Ruth ( Ruth 2:1-23).
The third act takes place at the threshing floor where, at Naomi’s instigation, Ruth hides until Boaz falls asleep and then quietly lies down by his feet. When Boaz awakes, Ruth expresses her desire to marry him according to the custom of the kinsman-redeemer. Boaz tells her that another man has a prior claim (Ruth 3:1-18). Finally, at the city gate, the other relative renounces his claim, and Boaz marries Ruth (Ruth 4:1-12).
The Book of Ruth concludes with a genealogy that may be read either as integral to the story or as an external addition. The genealogy makes Ruth an ancestress of David and, therefore, of a Davidic messiah (Ruth 4:13-18).
Ruth was willing to forgo her future in Moab, her people, her gods and even her ancestral burial plot to be stay with Naomi. The theme of Ruth is the Lord's provident protection of the faithful (Ruth 2:12). Because of the faithfulness of a destitute young widow, the Lord brought Ruth and Naomi out of deep tragedy and sorrow to joy, prosperity, and honor.
The Book of Esther, basic plot is as follows:
Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, is married to Queen Vashti (Esther 1:3-8). He holds an opulent banquet for seven days to display his wealth, while Queen Vashti hosts a similar feast for the noble women (Esther 1:9). At the climax of the feasting the King commands the Queen to appear at the main banquet "…wearing her royal diadem, in order to show off her beauty." (Esther 10:11)." The Queen refuses, the King is angry, and he banishes her. The King then publicly declares a search for a replacement.
Hadassah (Esther) is selected to be the King Ahasuerus new wife. She does not reveal her background as a Jew. Her cousin, Mordecai overhears a plot against the king. Mordecai reports to Esther, who tells Ahasuerus, and gives Mordecai credit.
The King's prime minister Haman convinces King Ahasuerus to authorize him to deal with the Jews as he pleases. Using the king's own signet ring, Haman issues an edict ordering the Jews, including women and children, to be killed and their properties plundered.
Mordecai informs Esther of Haman's role in the plot, Esther agrees to help at the risk of her own life. Esther's scheme, in which she will save her people, but expose the evil Haman at the same time, is hosting a banquet and telling the King during the feast. (Esther Chapters 5-8).
King Ahasuerus has Haman hung on the high gallows that Haman had had built for Mordecai, and Mordecai becomes prime minister in Haman's place. King Ahasuerus authorizes Esther to write a new decree regarding the Jews, which he will authorize. The edict entitles the Jews to take up arms and fight to kill their enemies. The Jews institute a period of feasting and celebration. They then kill 500 of their enemies in Susa, hanging the ten sons of Haman. In the surrounding provinces another Jewish force killed another 75,000 of their enemies. The feast of Purim is a joyous celebration of their victory and their release from the edict of persecution. (Chapter 9-10)
Esther appears as a woman of deep piety, faith, courage, patriotism, and caution, combined with resolution; a dutiful daughter to her adopted father, docile and obedient to his counsels, and anxious to share the king's favors with him for the good of the Jewish people. In short, Esther was very different and this caused her to be elevated into the position of Queen.
The Book of Ruth and the Book of Esther elevates the picture of women in Scripture. There are few people in Scripture that are presented without their faults and failings.
Ruth is a pastoral idyll woven into the history of Israel. The treatment of land and of boundaries between lands does not entail conquest. Elsewhere in biblical narrative, land is associated with nation and empire; here it is associated with fertility and benevolence. Ostensibly taking place during the time of the Judges, the book of Ruth is an antidote to Judges stories of slaughter. Ruth is a story about the possibilities of peace.
Esther, is unusual in the canon in that God makes absolutely no appearance. God does not come along to save anyone - instead, the Jewish people are saved entirely by human actions. The primary attempts to explain the absence of God in the story have included the argument that God is there, but hidden. Thus, when God is there, then God is there. But, when there is no sign of God, then God is really there but only making it look like we are affecting our lives.
Women in ancient Israel had their position in society defined in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the interpretation of those scriptures. Their status and freedoms were severely limited in that:
♦ Women were restricted to roles of little or no authority.
♦ Women were confined to the homes of their fathers or husbands.
♦ Women were to be inferior to men, under the direct authority of men, their fathers before marriage, or their husband after.
The role of women is sometimes misrepresented and misunderstood. The Hebrew Bible tells stories about women as war leaders (Judith), lovers (Jezebel), prophetesses (Deborah), and prostitutes (Gomer), as well as ordinary daughters. Two women, Ruth and Esther using their sexuality in varying degrees, managed to survive difficulties. The Book of Ruth presents an account, during a period of disunity and frequent foreign oppression, the remnant of true faith and piety in the period of the Judges. The Book of Esther, with no mention of God in her book, became queen of one of a powerful world empire amid the ongoing conflict and conspiracies.
They made such an impression as to have books named after them in the Bible.

Works Cited

Harris, Stephen L. Understanding The Bible. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007

The New English Bible with the Apocrypha: Oxford Study Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992


Return to 123HelpMe.com