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  •  In the Hebrew Bible, it serves as a transition (11+ / 0-)

    between the time of Judges and the time of Kings, as you so aptly noted.  

    There are three divisions of Tanakh (Hebrew Scripture). These would be Torah (Instruction), Neve'im (Prophets) and Ketevim (Writings). Ruth is part of this last section along with books such as Song of Songs and Psalms that are humanistic and that, with the exception of Daniel, don't claim to be the result of direct inspiration from God.

    The increasing importance of mercy and lovingkindness over time in the scriptures and commentaries pervades Judaism, and is what I love about it. In the end, personal acts of kindness are the way we honor God best. After all, we're made in God's image.

    And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah! -Leonard Cohen .................@laurenreichelt

    by TheFatLadySings on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:04:53 AM PDT

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    •  Definitely increasing importance of (6+ / 0-)

      mercy and lovingkindness over time -

      He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
      a cardinal factor in a hopefully increasing "civil" society whether quoting Micah or Matthew ("I was hungry and you gave me food...Whatsoever you did for the least of these, you did for me.")
    •  Wisdom Literature (4+ / 0-)

      The Christian tradition in which I was schooled (Episcopalian) refers to The Psalms as liturgical poetry: believed to have been often read or sung during Temple worship in later Hebrew Scripture (post-Exile) times. The Psalms are still used that way today in Catholic and much mainstream Protestant worship.

      The Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Solomon's Song of Songs are referred to as 'Wisdom' (Chokma) literature.  This genre is characterized by sayings of wisdom intended to teach about divinity and about virtue.

      Of course, the three divisions of Tanakh you list as used by Jewish worshippers is definitive, considering the source.

      Thanks for the insights, in particular,  

      In the end, personal acts of kindness are the way we honor God best. After all, we're made in God's image.

      "Treat others as you would like them to treat you." -St. Luke 6: 31 (NEB) Christians are given a tough assignment here: Love the people you don't even like...

      by paz3 on Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:58:30 AM PDT

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