From Alienation to Monarchy in the Era of the Judges: A Study in Linguistic Comparisons

Comparing themes and narratives in Megillat Rut and Sefer Shofetim.
Comparing the books of Ruth and Judges to see how the narrative in the Megillah acts as a corrective to the alienation in Sefer Shofetim.

About the webinar

The story of Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges, a period characterized by the failure of leadership and the unravelling of Israel’s social infrastructure, which culminates in civil war. Anonymous characters at the Book of Judges’ conclusion point to a prevailing alienation between members of society, accounting for the cruelty exhibited by individuals towards one another in those final chapters. In this webinar, we will engage in an extensive linguistic comparison between the Books of Ruth and Judges to see how Ruth acts as a corrective to Judges, moving society from dysfunctional leadership to monarchy and from an alienated society to a cohesive one. 

About the Instructor

Dr. Yael Ziegler is an Assistant Professor in Tanakh at Herzog College and the Rosh Batei Midrash and Academic Director of Matan. She received her BA from Stern College and an MA and Ph.D. in Bible at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler has lectured widely on various Tanakh topics in Israel, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and Europe. Dr. Ziegler is the author of Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative and Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy, which has been translated into Hebrew. Her book: Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World was released in June, 2021 and is currently being translated into Hebrew. She is currently working on a book on Exodus.

WEBINAR features

Audience : Middle & High School J.S. Teachers
Webinar Structure : Live Webinar - 1/1.5 hours
Language : English
Webinar fee : $150 per school

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