Ruth and Naomi.
 He, Qi

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Title:Ruth and Naomi
Notes:Dr. He Qi is a professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and a tutor for master candidate students in the Philosophy Department of Nanjing University. He is also a member of the China Art Association and a council member of the Asian Christian Art Association.

"The passion of Ruth's commitment is suggested by the word "clung." The verb is most frequently found in the context of marriage, such as the famous words from the garden scene in Genesis 2:24. "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh." Ruth clings to her mother-in-law as a man clings to his wife....Naomi makes one last attempt to send Ruth away...Ruth's response is among the most radical statements of commitment in the Bible...the words of Ruth 1:15-16 take the form of a covenant, but a covenant that goes against all social expectations. Ruth chooses to commit herself to Naomi. She binds herself unconditionally not only to a woman rather than a man, but in an act of radical solidarity, to a woman in near desperate circumstances." (Pressler, 271)
Artist:He, Qi

Scripture:Ruth 1:6-22
Person as Subject:Ruth (Biblical figure)
Naomi (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:BProp26
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- China
ICONCLASS Number:71F622

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Attribution:He, Qi. Ruth and Naomi, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 26, 2016]. Original source:
Record Number:46090 Last Updated: 2013-07-22 10:23:21 Record Created: 2006-06-24 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
Author:Pressler, Carolyn
Publisher:Westminster John Knox Press