Paul Mankowski, SJ
Lumen Christi Institute
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The Book of Ruth is exceptional in the Old Testament for the candor and serenity with which it portrays the relations of Israelite to pagan, freeman to dependent, mother-in-law to daughter-in-law. This course of lectures and discussions will include a close reading of the four chapters that make up the book, with an eye to the theological concerns of the sacred author and the importance of the work for Jewish and Christian commentators.
Thursday, March 31
Ruth Chapter One: Naomi’s sojourn in Moab and the stubborn loyalty of Ruth.
Thursday, April 7
Ruth Chapter Two: Ruth and Naomi in Bethlehem and the providential intervention of Boaz.
Thursday, April 14
Ruth Chapters Three and Four: Naomi’s arrangements for the courtship of Boaz and Ruth, and the marriage of Boaz and Ruth and its consequences for the nation of Israel.
Tuesday, April 19
Paul Mankowski, SJ is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute. A native of South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Society of Jesus, Paul Mankowski has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and has published in areas of language, theology, and the biblical text.