THE WEEK THAT WAS p7 Oprah was named 'Orpah
' after the biblical character in the Book of Ruth, but her name was mispronounced so much that it stuck.
Naomi, pleading with Orpah
and Ruth to leave her to her solitude and return to their native land to search for new husbands, successfully convinces Orpah
With the men dearly departed, Orpah
returns to her father's house, hoping to marry again.
Baseline 0.0003 Orpah
0.0002 Proactive 0.0006 Frame 0.0018 Note: Table made from bar graph.
On Naomi's side, why does she tell her daughters-in-law three times to "return" (1:8, 11, 12) and repeat that verb one more time to Ruth, once Orpah
leaves them (1:15)?
At the beginning of the Book of Ruth, Naomi suggests that her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah
, also go back to their own land and maternal home.
Relationships structure the book, which has chapters devoted to Ruth and Orpah
, Ruth and Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, and (Ruth) and Obed.
In a masterstroke of self-casting, the gangling duo assigned themselves the roles of Orpah
and Lydia, "two single mothers in search of a lost daughter." Props and costumes recalled the magic of Althoff's sculptural inventions, while a dream-time script layered live incantation with scraps of recorded dialogue.
She begs Ruth and Orpah
to stay behind, among their own people.
13); the Psalmist reflected by the rivers of Babylon, remembering Zion, and wondered how to sing the Lord's song in a strange land (Psalm 137); Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah went to the country of Moab; after the death of her husband and sons there, Naomi returned to Judah with one of her Moabite daughters-in-law, Ruth; the other daughter-in-law, Orpah
, went back to her family's home in Moab (Ruth 1).