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Title: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF WIDOWHOOD IN ANCIENT ISRAEL (THE BOOK OF RUTH) AND IN BILLIRI SOCIETY OF GOMBE STATE, NIGERIA
Authors: LAKAMA, YUSUF DANBURA
Keywords: Widowhood, culture, Gombe, Hammurabi, Lipit-Ishtar, Ur-Namu
Universal phenomenon, terminal illnesses, property inheritance, Levirate marriage, Billiri society
Issue Date: 19-Nov-2019
Abstract: Widowhood is a universal phenomenon. However, practices of widowhood vary from one culture to the other. There are some similarities and differences in the treatment of widows in various cultures. This study is a comparative analysis of the treatment of widows in the period of Ruth and Billiri society of Gombe State. The study therefore examines the conceptions and treatment of widows in Ancient Israel and in Billiri society of Gombe State with the aim of uncovering the issues that have become the source of widows’ problems in the two worlds. The work discusses some of the challenges of widows to include terminal illnesses, property inheritance, Levirate marriage and certain other challenges faced by widows. Library works, electronic sources and oral interview reports related to the conceptions and treatment of widows were used as sources of data. The researcher adopted the descriptive approach which he used and describes/analyzes the data gotten from the various sources. The researcher also used content analysis to examine the text of Ruth. The study reveals that widows in Ancient Israel enjoyed insufficient provisions at the time of Hammurabi, Lipit-Ishtar and Ur-Namu, the great kings of the kingdoms. The study also revealed that, ancient Israel made insufficient provisions for the upkeep of widows in the area; and Billiri society of Gombe State has insufficient provisions for widows, hence they suffer certain socio-economic insecurity. The study therefore recommends that, the families, the Church, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the Government and Billiri society need to be more sensitive to the plight of widows. Conscious measures such as government legislations and policies of Traditional institutions should be made to allow the widows access the properties of their late husbands. There should be community support, protection and socio-economic support to enable widows overcome the challenges of widowhood in Billiri society, of Gombe State.
Description: Comparison of Widowhood in Ancient Israel and Billiri Society of Gombe State
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/458
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