"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Preaching Series on Ruth (4 of 4)
Ruth 4:1-22 Commentary
by Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
Preaching Series on Ruth (Week 4 of 4)
Preaching text: Ruth 4:1-22; accompanying text: Luke 1:46-55
Ruth 4: New Life
The scene at the city gate (where legal proceedings are conducted) is a humorous one. The nearer relative, the potential goel with whom Boaz speaks, is never named, which is entirely appropriate since he refuses to carry on the name of Mahlon (Ruth’s dead husband). He is enthusiastic about acquiring more land but suddenly remembers a previous appointment and makes himself scarce when Boaz says that marrying Ruth is part of the bargain. So, having fulfilled all righteousness, Boaz receives the community’s blessing on his marriage to Ruth.
Ruth conceives and bears a son. Where there was famine, now there is a plentiful harvest. Where there was barrenness (in her marriage to Mahlon), now there is birth. The women of the village interpret this blessing for Naomi: “He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, ...
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Narrative Lectionary 138: Preaching Series on Ruth
August 12, 2018
This re-broadcast podcast covers the four-week summer preaching series on Ruth (first aired in August 2014 -- note Dr. Schifferdecker's opening reference to "last Sundays in summer" is not applicable to 2018 dates). Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for a conversation on the Narrative Lectionary. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.