Rahab and Ruth. Faith of Two Women from the Gene¬alogy of Jesus Cover Image

Rachab i Rut. Wiara dwu kobiet z rodowodu Jezusa
Rahab and Ruth. Faith of Two Women from the Gene¬alogy of Jesus

Author(s): Grzegorz Szamocki
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Parafia Ewangelicko-Augsburska (Luterańska) w Gdańsku-Sopocie
Keywords: Old Testament; history of Israel; faith; woman; identity

Summary/Abstract: In the genealogy of Jesus at the beginning of the Gospel according to St. Matthew four women are listed. Two of them - Rahab and Ruth - connect the public profession of faith in God YHWH and the corresponding con¬duct. This article approaches the story of these women described in the Bible and against that background shows the value of that confession of faith, to¬gether with its importance and consequences for the future life of both heroins. Rahab and Ruth - two non-Israelites who profess faith in YHWH, and take action dictated by this faith became collaborators with God in the exe-cution of His program of blessing of the peoples of the Earth. They were al-so accepted into the religious and national community of Israel. For the first recipients of the written story of the two women, that is for the mem¬bers of the postexilic community of the province of Yehud, the story of Re¬hab and Ruth could provide a valuable lesson on the collective identity of the people of YHWH.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 295-307
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish
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