I'll be traveling for the next few days and won't have much time for blogging on the road. I had planned to do at least one more post (or even two) before taking off. But the best laid plans of mice and men . . .
Anyway, last Tuesday night's Old Testament class got into quite an interesting discussion about Ruth chapter 3. What exactly went on down at the threshing floor that night? The narrator of the story is clearly interested in characterizing both Ruth and Boaz as some of the finest people you'd ever meet. So it seems awfully strained to me that the same story-teller would depict them involved in something illicit.
Someone asked, But what would have been considered illicit in their situation? Good question. If there's some kind of intentional ambiguity in the way that the story is being told, I have to wonder why.
Got any thoughts about this? I'll try to check and publish responses as soon as I can.