“Ruth” story. Bethlehem woman “Ruth” as Bethlehemitess [sic]

  • Creator: Matson Photo Service
  • Year: [between 1940 and 1946]
  • Location: Bethlehem, West Bank

A 20th century Palestinian woman from Bethlehem, wearing traditional dress with embroidery, is used as a stand in for the Biblical figure “Ruth.” This image doesn’t give any information about who she really is. Palestinians were often typecast as characters rather than depicted as themselves. 

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