The Determination of Social Identity in the Story of Ruth
This study focuses on the formation of social identity in ancient Israel. In particular, the issue raised here is the manner in which displaced individuals are able to integrate or reintegrate themselves into a local community. The process, as exemplified in the story of Ruth and Naomi, demonstrates the movement from a hminal social condition to a liminal spatial placement to a defined social condition within an established social space.
Matthews, Victor H. "The Determination of Social Identity in the Story of Ruth." Biblical Theology Bulletin 36, no. 2 (2006): 49-54.
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