Why Leave The House Of Bread

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Chris Shea
ENG 360
Professor Mary Anne Nunn
Paper I: Why Leave the House of Bread to be Full?
On the surface, the ancient book from the Bible the Book of Ruth would appear like any other book in the Bible: Setting is made along with family connections, sin is committed, character(s) are punished for sin, character(s) become bitter and spiteful, some divine intervention plays through, character(s) are eventually redeemed, and ‘moral lesson’ plays through, seemingly straightforward. However a closer reading, along with an understanding of the Hebrew meanings of each name, would suggest more of a deeper relationship among these elements to convey such ‘moral lesson’. Through this reading one would be able to realize what the text is actually saying and why. In order for one to be ‘full’ in the eyes of the LORD, one must remain where the food is: at the ‘House of Bread’. If one leaves, one no longer receives an adequate fill.
Most of where the Book of Ruth occurs is the town of Bethlehem. ‘Bethlehem’ is the Hebrew term meaning ‘House of Bread’. Thus one would believe it would be very odd for there to be a famine in the House of Bread, as it is stated in the beginning of the Book. Now here is where the initial plot begins to unravel. On one hand, Bethlehem is on the west side of the Jordan River, where the LORD considers the ‘Promised Land’ to be throughout the Bible. The LORD wishes for His people to remain in this ‘Promised Land’, as this is where His covenant may be

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