Ruth and Esther: Women in Alien Lands

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The focus of this book is on the books of Ruth and Esther. The writer views Ruth as having been composed during the early monarchy (the reign of Solomon), a time when questions concerning God's presence and the manifestation of this presence in people's lives were a common concern. Esther is seen as finding its final form in the second century under the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes. This was a time of severe oppression and persecution for the Jews, and Esther is set against the background of Jewish survival. Offers historical and theological insight into these two Bible books about Ruth and Esther. Eight chapters with discussion questions at the end of each chapter. This study is suitable for individual or group use.

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currently professor of Old Testament at Louisville Prebyterian Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Netherlands and received her Master of Philosophy degree in church history from Leiden University. Her Ph.D. degree was earned at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Dr. van Wijk-Bos is the author of several books and has also written numerous articles for religious journals in the area of church history, worship and biblical studies. Johanna and her husband, David Bos, serve in the Presbyterian Church (USA) as professional ministers.

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