Exploring Ruth 1:16–18 in the context of mother and daughter-in-law relationships in Igboland

Verbum et Ecclesia


 
 
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Title Exploring Ruth 1:16–18 in the context of mother and daughter-in-law relationships in Igboland
 
Creator Odo, Damian O.
 
Subject — Ruth 1:16–18; mother-in-law; sister-in-law; norm; cultural value; modernity; Igboland; modern Igboland
Description This article read Ruth 1:16–18 in the context of mother and daughter-in-law relationships in Igboland. Literary analysis was adopted in this study. The literary construct of Ruth 1:16–18 was ranked amongst the Locus Classicus of Old Testament. This pericope celebrated Ruth’s vehement resolution to remain with Naomi, her mother-in-law, despite Naomi’s present hopelessness and slim prospect of the future. Ruth understood that by entering into marriage bond with Naomi’s son, she has also accepted to love and care for her and adopted her husband’s people as her own. The traditional Igbo society had similar cultural norms and values of respecting and caring for their elders. The finding of this study, however, disclosed that the wind of westernisation and modernity has negatively affected the extended family system that was the bedrock of mother and daughter-in-law relationships in Igboland. This article argued that the hermeneutical relevance of Ruth 1:16–18 will help in strengthening mother and daughter-in-law relationships in the modern Igbo society.Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The literary construct of Ruth 1:16–18 was ranked amongst the Locus Classicus of Old Testament. This pericope celebrated Ruth’s love and determination to remain with Naomi, her mother-in-law. The text of Ruth 1:16–18 was studied in the context of mother and daughter-in-law relationships in modern Igboland. Disciplines implicated were Old Testament exegesis and contextual biblical hermeneutics.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2021-07-09
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/ve.v42i1.2213
 
Source Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 42, No 1 (2021); 7 pages 2074-7705 1609-9982
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2213/4722 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2213/4723 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2213/4724 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2213/4725
 
Coverage Nigeria — —
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