John: Supposing Him to Be the Gardener (Earth Bible Comentary Series)
This volume in the Earth Bible Commentary series shows how John's Gospel might motivate and resource a Christian response to the ecological crisis. Margaret Daly-Denton shows how aptly Mary Magdalene recognized the risen Jesus as `the gardener' (John 20.15), completing...
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This volume in the Earth Bible Commentary series shows how John's Gospel might motivate and resource a Christian response to the ecological crisis. Margaret Daly-Denton shows how aptly Mary Magdalene recognized the risen Jesus as `the gardener' (John 20.15), completing his day's work in the `garden' of the Earth. The Johannine story of Jesus offers his present day followers a paradigm with considerable potential to inspire Earth care, sustainable living and commitment to eco-justice. The Fourth Evangelist believes that Jesus fulfils the Jewish hope for a restoration envisaged as a return of humankind to Eden. Keeping this theme continually in mind, Daly-Denton reads the gospel with sensitivity to the role of the more-than-human world in the narrative and with particular attention to the scriptural underlay that repeatedly brings this world into the foreground. Each chapter concludes by asking how believers might do God's work (John 6.28) in today's ecologically damaged world and by offering practical suggestions indicative of the reflection that readers of the commentary will be able to do in their own settings.
Margaret Daly-Denton's early career was as an organist and composer with an academic and practical involvement in liturgy. Her "Alleluia, Amen: Music for the Liturgy", (1978) was a seminal resource, and her music for the Liturgy of the Hours is sung in monasteries worldwide. She served extensively on ICEL (International Committee on English in the Liturgy). More recently, her doctoral research at Trinity College Dublin on the early Christian reception of the psalms, was published as David in the Fourth Gospel (2 ). She has taught Bible and liturgy at various institutions in Ireland.
- Preface Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction: An Earth-conscious Reading 1. Supposing Him To Be The Gardener 2. In The Beginning 3. From Lamplight To Dawn 4. From Wilderness To Fertile Land 5. At The Centre Of The Earth 6. Living Water 7. My Father Has Never Ceased Working 8. The Bread Of Life 9. At The Festival Of Tabernacles 10. The Good Shepherd 11. From Bethany To Jerusalem 12. The Hour Has Come (jn 12.23) 13. Eat, Friends, And Drink (song 5.1) 14. I Still Have Much To Say To You (jn 16.12) 15. Love Is As Strong As Death (song 8.6) 16. I Have Come To My Garden (song 5.1) Bibliography Index