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A historical novel imagines the riveting story behind the Book of Ruth.

Sitting beneath a tree in ancient Bethlehem, Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, examines a dusty scrap of parchment she found hidden in her relative's scroll room. Scrawled on the decaying page is an intriguing message addressed to Ruth the Moabite — great-grandmother of David, the future king of Israel. Compelled to discover the truth about Ruth's life, Osnath begins searching for the identity of Ruth's nameless lover and the secret that is cloaked behind his anonymity. But as she digs deeper into the past, she finds her inquiries blocked by David's brother Eliab. What is the long-buried truth he fears will come to light? And what is the threat that Ruth's story poses to his family's vast inheritance?

Eva Etzioni-Halevy's novel deftly interweaves history and fiction to create a compelling exploration of a prominent biblical figure. Told through the voices of both Osnath and Ruth herself, The Garden of Ruth transports readers into the ancient world — and offers a dramatic and thought-provoking new perspective on a well-known tale.

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"Etzioni-Halevy, an Israeli sociologist and author of The Song of Hannah, returns to the ancient Middle East for an imaginative second novel riffing on the story of the biblical Ruth. (Ruth, a widowed Moabite princess, converted to Judaism, married Boaz and gave birth to the future king David — but only after a mysterious man, known only as the man who was by law next in line to inherit her family property, declined to marry her.) As Etzioni-Halevy's story opens, Osnath, a head-strong and literate 15-year-old girl, discovers on a visit to Bethlehem an old piece of scroll, addressed to a woman 'red-haired and fair' and written by 'the man to whom you are pledged.' It begs her to 'abandon him, who is unworthy of you.' Intrigued, Osnath proposes to Ruth's great-grandson Eliab, in whose scroll room Osnath discovered the text, that Osnath research the mystery. Eliab discourages her; she persists. After being 'wickedly seduced' by Eliab, she falls in love with his brother David, who spurns her. Osnath then reluctantly returns to Eliab, who promises to unravel the 'web of lies... as sweet as honey' that surrounds Ruth's life — but at a price. The mystery is intriguing, and Etzioni-Halevy depicts ancient women chafing at limited choices with verve." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Etzioni-Halevy...vividly evokes ancient Israel and the spirited men and women who called this striking landscape home." Booklist

Review:

"A brazen rendering of the biblical material breathes fire into a ripping good saga." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

A historical novel imagines the riveting story behind the Book of Ruth

Sitting beneath a tree in ancient Bethlehem, Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, examines a dusty scrap of parchment she found hidden in her relatives scroll room. Scrawled on the decaying page is an intriguing message addressed to Ruth the Moabite—great-grandmother of David, the future king of Israel. Compelled to discover the truth about Ruths life, Osnath begins searching for the identity of Ruths nameless lover and the secret that is cloaked behind his anonymity. But as she digs deeper into the past, she finds her inquiries blocked by Davids brother Eliab. What is the long-buried truth he fears will come to light? And what is the threat that Ruths story poses to his familys vast inheritance?

Eva Etzioni-Halevys novel deftly interweaves history and fiction to create a compelling exploration of a prominent biblical figure. Told through the voices of both Osnath and Ruth herself, The Garden of Ruth transports readers into the ancient world—and offers a dramatic and thought-provoking new perspective on a well-known tale.

Synopsis:

The author deftly interweaves history and fiction to create a compelling exploration of a prominent biblical figure. Told through the voices of both Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, and Ruth, the work transports readers into an ancient world to offer a dramatic and thought-provoking perspective on a well-known tale.

About the Author

Eva Etzioni-Halevy is the author of several previous books including Bureaucracy and Democracy (Routledge and Kegan Paul, revised edition, 1985); The Knowledge Elite and the Failure of Prophecy (George Allen & Unwin, 1985); and Fragile Democracy (Transaction Publishers, 1989).

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readerchris, November 9, 2007 (view all comments by readerchris)
This is a story within a story. The main tale about Osnath is boring and hard to plough through, written in stilted language and sprinkled with unrealistic semi-steamy sex scenes. But I hung on and, finally, on page 157, arrived at the "original" text that Ruth herself wrote. This part of the book is an interesting explanation of what might have happened before, between and after the lines of the Ruth of the bible.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452286733
Author:
Etzioni-Halevy, Eva
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Women in the bible
Subject:
Ruth
Subject:
Religious fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20061226
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.01x5.32x.71 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Etzioni-Halevy, an Israeli sociologist and author of The Song of Hannah, returns to the ancient Middle East for an imaginative second novel riffing on the story of the biblical Ruth. (Ruth, a widowed Moabite princess, converted to Judaism, married Boaz and gave birth to the future king David — but only after a mysterious man, known only as the man who was by law next in line to inherit her family property, declined to marry her.) As Etzioni-Halevy's story opens, Osnath, a head-strong and literate 15-year-old girl, discovers on a visit to Bethlehem an old piece of scroll, addressed to a woman 'red-haired and fair' and written by 'the man to whom you are pledged.' It begs her to 'abandon him, who is unworthy of you.' Intrigued, Osnath proposes to Ruth's great-grandson Eliab, in whose scroll room Osnath discovered the text, that Osnath research the mystery. Eliab discourages her; she persists. After being 'wickedly seduced' by Eliab, she falls in love with his brother David, who spurns her. Osnath then reluctantly returns to Eliab, who promises to unravel the 'web of lies... as sweet as honey' that surrounds Ruth's life — but at a price. The mystery is intriguing, and Etzioni-Halevy depicts ancient women chafing at limited choices with verve." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Etzioni-Halevy...vividly evokes ancient Israel and the spirited men and women who called this striking landscape home."
"Review" by , "A brazen rendering of the biblical material breathes fire into a ripping good saga."
"Synopsis" by ,
A historical novel imagines the riveting story behind the Book of Ruth

Sitting beneath a tree in ancient Bethlehem, Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, examines a dusty scrap of parchment she found hidden in her relatives scroll room. Scrawled on the decaying page is an intriguing message addressed to Ruth the Moabite—great-grandmother of David, the future king of Israel. Compelled to discover the truth about Ruths life, Osnath begins searching for the identity of Ruths nameless lover and the secret that is cloaked behind his anonymity. But as she digs deeper into the past, she finds her inquiries blocked by Davids brother Eliab. What is the long-buried truth he fears will come to light? And what is the threat that Ruths story poses to his familys vast inheritance?

Eva Etzioni-Halevys novel deftly interweaves history and fiction to create a compelling exploration of a prominent biblical figure. Told through the voices of both Osnath and Ruth herself, The Garden of Ruth transports readers into the ancient world—and offers a dramatic and thought-provoking new perspective on a well-known tale.

"Synopsis" by , The author deftly interweaves history and fiction to create a compelling exploration of a prominent biblical figure. Told through the voices of both Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, and Ruth, the work transports readers into an ancient world to offer a dramatic and thought-provoking perspective on a well-known tale.
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