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Short answer: No. You shouldn't. And that's basically because, to use the quote that is mis-attributed to Freud: "Sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar." It is possible that a literal reading will work fine here. She uncovers his actual feet (and lies down there, in a humble position), which eventually wakes him. Despite being startled (v8) (perhaps by ...


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The exact reason for Ruth being introduced to the transaction is undetermined in scholarly literature (Expositor's Bible Commentary Introduction to Ruth). Here is one possibility that isn't explicit from Scripture, but I can see the law being interpreted this way. Not only must the land stay in the clan, but it must stay as close within the family as ...


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Levirate marriage in the Bible predates the legal source you reference in Deuteronomy 25: And Judah said unto Onan: 'Go in unto thy brother's wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother unto her, and raise up seed to thy brother.' (Genesis 38:8 JPS) Therefore, Boaz's concern with levirate marriage and the keeping of property in the family ...


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There is a direct parallel to the Book of Genesis that provides us a clue. In the Book of Genesis Rachel provided to Jacob her maidservant, Bilhah, so that Bilhah could bear proxy children on behalf of Rachel. Genesis 30:3-4 (NASB) 3 She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have ...


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You can if you want, because the Hebrew word for "foot" and "leg" coincide. So she could have been exposing as much of the leg as you desire, including up to the waist. But the connotation of sex is subtle. A similar construction occurs in Judges 5 regarding Ya'el, Chever's wife, Wikisource translation here Between her legs he crouched, fell, lay.(S) ...



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