RUTH IS NOT A ROMANCE TALE
In a fascinating article at MISSIO ALIANCE the author explores how a male pastor exhibits a clear misunderstanding of the purpose and focus of the biblical book of Ruth. It is written by Carolyn Custis James, the author of THE GOSPEL OF RUTH. The multilayered value of this article includes the fact that male patriarchal society turns a woman’s faith journey into a romance novel using a Cinderella hermeneutic. Misunderstanding both the motivation and cultural setting, pastors can easily miss a great opportunity to teach the true word of God. As Carolyn James says it: “Driscoll needs to realize that the Bible is not a Disney movie, but an earthshaking existential confrontation with the deepest issues of life in a fallen world and of the hope that is Jesus.”
in part she writes:
…Abandoning Cinderella for a Better Love Story
Within the patriarchal culture, a woman’s chief contribution in life was to produce sons for her husband. Women in the Bible are desperate for sons. None of them are begging God for daughters. Under patriarchy, a woman’s value is gauged by counting her sons. Sons are essential for family survival. The fate the ancients feared most was for a man to die without a male heir to perpetuate the family for another generation.
So when a post-menopausal Naomi loses her husband and both her sons, she plummets from the status of an honored mother of two sons to a zero.