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The Book of Ruth sensitively portrays bonding and devotion between two women But also dont miss Book of Judith for a surprising overturning of malefemale roles Judith sneaks into the enemy camps cuts off the head of Holofernes the leader of the enemy army returns and receives a heros welcome and then lives out the remainder of her days with her maidservants rejecting all male suitors The final pledge of Ruth to Naomi - more moving in the King James Version than any other including the Hebrew apparently - is often used in heterosexual marriage ceremonies But it is made between two women This story may or may not be a lesbian story many commentators reject such an interpretation but others such as Tom Horner in David Loved Jonathan support a lesbian reading Quite apart from the lesbian reading of this passage note that the Bible reveals a major internal debate in the book of Ruth The point of the story is that Ruth becomes the grandmother of King David - but Ruth was a Moabite women The Deuteronomic code probably adopted about the time of Ezra and Nehemiah condemns marriages between Jews and non-Jews - a reflection of the problems and nationalism of post-exilic Judaism Interestingly Deuteronomy and the book of Nehemiah do not agree as to the details - but both books would exclude King David from the congregation of the Lord - because he was within ten generations of a Moabite and Nehemiah would exclude Jesus of Nazareth Bibliography The Book of Ruth
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