Settlement confirms

5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.” 6 And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.” 7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel. 8 Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” So he took off his sandal. 9 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.” (Book of Ruth 4)

Ruth is a inflitrating agent of immanentization, componentized. The field of Naomi, immanence: but componentized, encapsulated, rendered monadic. Rendered capital.

What is the nature of this transaction? Ruth is alienness, adopted by Israel. As alien, she embodies differentiation (like Hajar before her), an agent currency, like a computer virus: Ruth’s capital, Ruth is capital. And, accompanying this field (a virtual phallus/yesod), she is negotiated, negotiable, between the traders.

When a trade arrives, it needs to be confirmed. Not as a sign of witnessing in a valuative, legal sense of a witness. But, rather, in the sense of a computational confirm, an automatic repeat-request protocol (the sandal), on receiver and deliverer ends. This confirmation protocol is the precedent to the actual settlement of the trade. Why a precedent? Because it is an agreement of terms and conditions, a formation of beginning and ending, a before and an after: the protocol’s ACK is the phallus (basis, yesod, signifier) that permits transmission and settlement of the trade to occur.

The counterparty to the trade (the relative) is the shell, across which there is inheritance/reincarnation/karma (there is an inheritance/karma of the shells). The coordinating party to the trade (the husband) is actually a proxy broker. Because, while seemingly an inner cloak/garment, protective of the agency of Ruth (the wife/capital) — it is in fact her lineage that is transmitted. The impossible karma of gnosis. For the husband, here, is proxy, pure impossibility. The husband is hijab, impossibility:

So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Spread the corner of your garment over your maidservant, for you are a close relative. (Book of Ruth 3:9)

In contrast, the wife, rendered phallic and generative, is possibility: tangible capital, expressed, confirmed, settled.

And through this process, David/Kingdom is born.

13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18 Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon;[e] 21 Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.

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  1. “The Impossible Karma of Gnosis” – a feminine read. Her lineage, the lineage of the stranger. His lineage the cloak that covers. How can we ever comprehend currency of Kingdom that moves within, that moves us, that creates itself through us.

    The valves of the heart open and close softly
    or loudly speaking in their own timing.
    Insistent, they whisper, come closer.

    People who walk in the territory of the soul
    grow strange with longing. They read the palms of the sky,
    listening to the night bird, they pray, come closer.

    Some people rush to the edge of the ocean of God
    hauling their skin boats ready to drown in this sea.
    They risk it all saying, eat me, kiss me, just come closer.

    The lover says, something in me moves to give itself
    completely to something that moves within you.
    Ruth said this to Boaz and Boaz said, come closer.

    I learn to be held in this energy of heart
    where You are a lighted match and I am your torch,
    a cord of wood stripped to the pith begging, come closer.

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