Summer, or, Ruth and Boaz.
 Poussin, Nicolas, 1594?-1665

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Title:Summer, or, Ruth and Boaz
Notes:This painting illustrates the initial meeting of Boaz and Ruth. The scripture reading for this day carries the story to its conclusion. "...his invitation to her to join in a meal with himself and the reapers (as opposed to the other gleaners, who are not part of the official work and would not have access to the meal) serves both a practical and a symbolic function. Practically, it gives Ruth the sustenance she needs to continue her gleaning. This is no small matter in the narrative, for she is attempting to provide enough to support both her and Naomi...Symbolically, the scene moves Ruth out of the status of "gleaner" and into the community of Boaz's farm workers...Boaz instructs the young men directly -- rather than through the foreman -- to allow her to glean "even among the standing sheaves" and not to "reproach" her...a nuance which underscores Boaz' determination to protect Ruth from improper advances from the men." (Linafelt/Beal, 39)
Artist:Poussin, Nicolas, 1594?-1665

Scripture:Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
Person as Subject:Ruth (Biblical figure)
Boaz (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:BProp27

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Attribution:Poussin, Nicolas, 1594?-1665. Summer, or, Ruth and Boaz, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved September 19, 2021]. Original source:
Record Number:54182 Last Updated: 2021-01-07 12:26:44 Record Created: 2009-01-16 10:08:24
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Ruth: And Esther
Author:Linafelt, Tod, and Timothy Kandler Beal
Publisher:Liturgical Press