The Book of Ruth
Requirements: Must fully answer 2 questions below (in blue) and at least one from a classmate (black). Must include a new question from you (try to make this question as interesting as possible!). Include a quote from the text with each answer. Make connections with Course Goals: Show effort to evaluate the process by which you and others determine what constitutes The Good Life, using clearly written analysis, arguments, and explanation. Try to see and include others’ perspectives, in class and in texts, fully and making distinctions and noting context where possible. Adds input about own concepts regarding The Good Life, and gives one another constructive comments, thoughtful paraphrases, and further questioning to mutually further ideas.
Thoroughly exlore three keywords for the Book of Ruth by writing a few lines about each individually, and collect them into a statement/thesis about the meaning of the book overall to you, explaining your thesis. Compare/contrast how the same works in your life or in an instance in the contemporary world. Suggested keywords:Gendered Roles;Belonging, or not;Separation;Being outcast, being a “foreigner”;Redemption;Law;Family;Role of God in relation to human life, action; justice;power;love; law. Make sure to include at least one quote.
Compare and contrast with the Epic of Gilgamesh around one keyword/phrase around: such as Precarity/safety/potential for death or violence; Gendered Roles; Belonging, or not;Separation;Being outcast, being a “foreigner”;Redemption;Law;Family;Role of God in relation to human life, action;justice;power;love; law. Be comprehensive and bring a quote from each.
Consider what “The Good Life” might mean to the people of this book. Consider their value system, what you can sense of the relationships in this society, the roles of power, law, justice, spirituality, gender roles, etc. (You do not have to cover all of these things at all–they are thought starters. Choose issues that connect for you). At least a full paragraph, and include a quote and question. Make sure to include at least one quote.
Reimagine The Story of Ruth set in a different historical setting or a contemporary setting. (this might be a good one to follow up on for a Module Project). Make sure to include at least one quote.
Classmate questions will be provided in about 3-4 hours!
The Book of Ruth