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Characters: Naomi

Her name appears at: 1:2,3,8,11,19,20,21,22; 2:1,2,6,202,22; 3:1; 4:3,5,9,14, 16,17; and she is:

above the person who guides the destiny of Ruth and who thus 
facilitates the solution of the story's central problem, and in her turn, 
she personifies the "subject" of the story, Elimelek's family (4:17).

Where in the text is each of these characteristics shown?
    How does the narration of the story suggest each?
Can you suggest other ways to "read" Naomi?

When you have done this look at this list.

While examining the use of dialogue we shall also notice that Naomi is "old". This is a characteristic she shares with Boaz.

What might this mean for the plot of the book?

© Dr Tim Bulkeley, 2004.

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Amos - Postmodern Bible commentary
Study Notes on Jonah
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