Book Reviews | 195 gleaning RuTh: a BiBlical heRoine and heR afTeRlives, by Jennifer L. Koosed. Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament Series. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2011. 173 pp. This exciting book delivers far more than its title might suggest to the untutored reader. It is a work of biblical scholarship that displays close attention to textual nuance, careful historical reasoning, and a command of both traditional and contemporary commentaries. However, the way in which it accomplishes these conventional tasks is of as much interest as its exegetical findings. Koosed succeeds not only in producing a wonderfully textured portrait of the biblical Ruth, but also in reimagining the scholarly vocation. Relationships structure the book, which has chapters devoted to Ruth and Orpah, Ruth and Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, and (Ruth) and Obed. Interspersed among these chapters are "agricultural interludes" exploring the book of Ruth's most central and most overlooked relationship: the one between the characters and their food. Under the influence of Agnès Varda's documentary film The Gleaners and I, Koosed describes her work as "gleaning." She explains, "My task in this study is to take the source material-- the Hebrew and Greek texts,
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