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Is Ruth the Ēšet Hayil for Real? Womanhood Between African Proverbs and the Threshing Floor (Ruth1:1-13)

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dc.contributor.author Masenya, Madipoane
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-13T13:39:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-13T13:39:24Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07
dc.identifier.citation Masenya, M. 2010,'Is Ruth the Ēšet Hayil for Real? womanhood Between African Proverbs and the Threshing Floor( Ruth1:1-13)', Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. XXXVI, pp. 253-272. en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5401
dc.description.abstract Contradictory definitions of what worthy womanhood is have, in many contexts, including African contexts, caused divisions within religious institutions, families and communities at large. In Christian African contexts, definitions of worthy womanhood emerging from various Bible interpretations, and shaped by different African cultures, have wrought and continue to influence views concerning women and men, boy and girl children even as these mould our definitions of what affirming gender relationships (should) entail. In Ruth 3:11, Boaz, the wealthy Judahite man, informs Ruth, the poor foreign (Moabite) widow, that the assembly of Judahite men knows that she is the 'ēšet hayil, the woman of substance. Which images of womanhood are revealed when some African proverbs are read in conjunction with Boaz’s words in Ruth 3:11? Do these images indeed reveal Ruth as the woman of substance? Are they affirming of those in their search of affirming definitions of womanhood in our African contexts? These questions among others will be addressed by the present article. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Journal of the Church History Society of South Africa en
dc.subject Womanhood en
dc.subject African contexts en
dc.subject Proverbs en
dc.subject Ruth 3 en
dc.subject African proverbs en
dc.subject Boaz en
dc.subject Ruth en
dc.title Is Ruth the Ēšet Hayil for Real? Womanhood Between African Proverbs and the Threshing Floor (Ruth1:1-13) en
dc.type Article en


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