Where can I read more about Ruth uncovering Boaz’s feet at the threshing floor? Who came up with that?

What exactly was Ruth was doing at the threshing floor? not everyone agrees with me, but many people do. See, for example, this article: https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/people/related-articles/seduction-on-the-threshing-floor. Also, this interesting blog: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/what-did-ruth-and-boaz-do-on-the-threshing-floor/.

Here’s another article about the feet in general: https://bycommonconsent.com/2006/01/24/weird-ot-euphemisms-uncovering-the-feet/

And, for an example not mentioned in either story, consider several incidents in Genesis which use the term “thigh” to refer to the genitals. In one, Abraham asks a servant to put his hand on his “thigh” and swear that he would bring Isaac a wife from Haran so that Isaac would not have to marry a Canaanite woman. This was called the Yarek Oath after the word for “thigh” which is also the word for genitals, “yarek.” The thigh was a fairly well known euphemism for male genitalia, because an Israelite man made a covenant with god (literally, he “cut a covenant”) by circumcising his organ of generation (that is, penis). In return, God promised fertility, again through same organ of generation. The servant puts his hand there as a verification of that promise. It seems weird to us.

Another incident if Genesis has Jacob wrestling all night with “a man” whom many consider to be God. The man “strikes Jacob on the hip socket.” Why there? According to several articles, this is again a euphemism for the genitals, possibly because the man was anticipating Jacob’s demand for a blessing and is promising him children. He’s already had at least 13, but this man is promising him a nation: “Your name is no longer Jacob, but Israel.” For an article on this incident, see https://www.jstor.org/stable/1519231?seq=1. Another theory is that “the man” is kicking Jacob in the groin to get away, making it all the more impressive that Jacob does not let go: (see this funny blog entry: http://www.bethcarlsonmalena.com/blog/2008/04/when-wrestling-with-god-wear-cup.html).

This story is embedded in a reunion story between Jacob and his brother Esau in which¬† he says he has seen his brother’s face as if he has seen the “face of God.” The word “face” is used many more times than is clear in translation. It’s a moving story and sort of bewildering. But at the heart of it is a contest about how many children each brother has had, and about whether Jacob can be forgiven for stealing his brother’s’ birthright. Fertility is at the heart of this and other parts of the narrative, and, again, is a basic term of the covenant itself.

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