Through the strange women clustering at the corners I took my way,--women of the Moabites
, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites,--and I thought, as I looked into their poor painted faces,--faces but half human, vampirish faces, faces already waxen with the look of the grave,--I thought, as I often did, of the poor little girl whom De Quincey loved, the good-hearted little `peripatetic' as he called her, who had succoured him during those nights, when, as a young man, he wandered homeless about these very streets,--that good, kind little Ann whom De Quincey had loved, then so strangely lost, and for whose face he looked into women's faces as long as he lived.
Whilst I was gazing and wondering, suddenly it occurred to me--being familiar with the Old Testament--that Solomon went astray after strange gods, the names of three of whom I remembered--"Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh, the god of the Moabites
, and Milcom, the god of the children of Ammon"--and I suggested to my companions that the figures before us might represent these false and exploded divinities.
Illustrating an episode from the Book of Ruth (1:15-17), the scene depicts the Israelite widow Naomi urging her Moabite
daughters-in-law to return to their families after they have been widowed.
3-12), in which he gives a new interpretation of the seven-line Moabite
inscription from Bet Har'os (first edited in S.
Chapter 3 tells the story of a Moabite
shepherd who wants to convert to Judaism, but is denied.
Continue reading "Three Poems for Shavuot about Ruth, a Moabite
Woman Considered to Be the First Convert to Judaism" at.
When Israelite soldiers storm his city walls, the Moabite
king takes his son and heir to the top of the wall and makes a holocaust of him.
In the Hebrew Bible, Deuteronomy 23:3 notes God's command that: "An Ammonite or a Moabite
shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of them enter into the assembly of the LORD for ever.
Does her bitterness include anything and anyone Moabite
(she had lost her husband and sons in Moab)?
You will need to explain what is peculiar about his story (that is, acknowledge its difficult elements), including: a talking jackass, the Moabite
focus, the reality of a non-Israelite prophet, the mixed characterization of Balaam himself, the other oddities of the narrative, etc.
Boaz continued [speaking to the redeemer, saying]: "When you acquire the property from Naomi and from Ruth the Moabite
, you must also acquire the wife of the deceased, so as to perpetuate the name of the deceased upon his estate.
Besides the fact that the reading speaks about the magic practicing Moabite
dignitaries, he noticed something else quite striking.