16 05, 2018

Did Ruth Convert to Judaism?

By |2018-05-16T08:33:45-07:00May 16th, 2018|Thoughts|

Many rabbis insisted that Ruth, and perhaps even Orpah, converted to Judaism, although the rabbis did not agree on when this occurred. There are good reasons to think that the concept of conversion did not exist during the time of Ruth and was only introduced into Judaism around 125 BCE. Until then, the Israelites thought [...]

9 03, 2017

Who was Judith?

By |2017-03-09T04:53:08-07:00March 9th, 2017|Thoughts|

                                                                                        Most people do not know who Judith was and, therefore, are [...]

18 08, 2016

My latest book about Ruth

By |2016-08-18T03:09:11-07:00August 18th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                            In my latest book, “Ruth, Esther, and Judith, I explain the two biblical books Ruth and Esther as well as the apocryphal book Judith, and compared them. Readers will find that a close reading of the three books shows that what they thought the books contain is not so. The following are a [...]

31 05, 2016

Interpretations of the book of Ruth

By |2016-05-31T13:36:35-07:00May 31st, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                                From my commentary on Ruth   I completed my commentary of Ruth and it will be published within a couple of months. I [...]

13 03, 2016

Did Ruth Convert?

By |2016-03-13T04:17:53-07:00March 13th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                                         Did Ruth Convert?   Many rabbis insisted that Ruth, and perhaps even Orpah converted to Judaism, although the rabbis did not agree when this occurred. There are good reasons to think that the concept of conversion did not exist during the time of Ruth and was only introduced into Judaism around 125 BCE. [...]

8 07, 2015

The truth about Ruth

By |2015-07-08T09:54:09-07:00July 8th, 2015|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  Ruth By Yael Ziegler Maggid Books, 2015, 487 pages This is the fourth volume in Maggid Books Studies in Tanakh series. The prior three books are on Joshua, I Kings, and Jeremiah. Each book is excellent. They are scholarly, yet easy to read, and each is filled with thought-provoking and illuminating information, not only [...]