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Title: The Agent of ḥesed in Naomi’s Blessing (Ruth 2,20)
Author(s): KIM, Yoo-ki
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 95    Issue: 4   Date: 2014   
Pages: 589-601
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.95.4.3186132

Abstract :
The ambiguity regarding the agent of ḥesed in Naomi’s blessing in Ru 2,20 has been the focus of interest for commentators, linguists, and translators. For a better resolution of the ambiguity, this article examines the syntactic structure of the sentence, seeks a proper understanding of the significance of 'ḥesed to the dead', and sets the blessing in the context of the whole narrative. The findings of our analysis support the argument that it is Boaz who, in Naomi’s words, performed ḥesed to the living and dead members of her family.


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