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Salvation for AllGod's Other Peoples$
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Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.001.0001

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Exodus, Deuteronomy, Ruth, and Naaman

Exodus, Deuteronomy, Ruth, and Naaman

(p.17) 2 Exodus, Deuteronomy, Ruth, and Naaman
Salvation for All

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights several books of the Bible including the Book of Exodus, Book of Deuteronomy, Book of Ruth, and Naaman the Syrian. The Book of Exodus is the second book of the Torah and the Christian Bible which describes the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Israelites, along with Moses, have been separated from ‘the others’: the special covenant with God which was confirmed at Mount Sinai. Moreover, the Book of Deuteronomy consists of three sermons delivered by Moses. These sermons include image worship and the sovereign dominion of YHWH. On the other hand, the Book of Ruth tells a family story. It also talks about the mysterious ways God worked in the lives of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz who are considered as models of loyal commitment to the God of Israel. Lastly, Naaman the Syrian is one of the figures whom God blessed in extraordinary ways. God cured his leprosy. Naaman returned to Elisha and praised his only God.

Keywords:   Book of Exodus, the Book of Deuteronomy, Book of Ruth, Naaman the Syrian, God, YHWH, Moses, leprosy, covenant, Israelites

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