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Dec 26, 2006
| ISBN 9781440649486
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Dec 26, 2006 | ISBN 9781440649486
A historical novel imagines the riveting story behind the Book of Ruth
Sitting beneath a tree in ancient Bethlehem, Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, examines a dusty scrap of parchment she found hidden in her relative’s scroll room. Scrawled on the decaying page is an intriguing message addressed to Ruth the Moabite—great-grandmother of David, the future king of Israel. Compelled to discover the truth about Ruth’s life, Osnath begins searching for the identity of Ruth’s nameless lover and the secret that is cloaked behind his anonymity. But as she digs deeper into the past, she finds her inquiries blocked by David’s brother Eliab. What is the long-buried truth he fears will come to light? And what is the threat that Ruth’s story poses to his family’s vast inheritance?
Eva Etzioni-Halevy’s novel deftly interweaves history and fiction to create a compelling exploration of a prominent biblical figure. Told through the voices of both Osnath and Ruth herself, The Garden of Ruth transports readers into the ancient world—and offers a dramatic and thought-provoking new perspective on a well-known tale.
Eva Etzioni-Halevy is professor emeritus of political sociology at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She has published 14 academic books and numerous articles, as well as 2 biblical novels. Born in Vienna, she spent World War II as a child in Italy,… More about Eva Etzioni-Halevy
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