Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About the Environment and Why It Matters
:Sandra L. Richter cares about the Bible. She also cares about the environment. Using her expertise in ancient Israelite society and economy as well as in biblical theology, she walks readers through passages familiar and not-so-familiar, showing how significant...
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:Sandra L. Richter cares about the Bible. She also cares about the environment. Using her expertise in ancient Israelite society and economy as well as in biblical theology, she walks readers through passages familiar and not-so-familiar, showing how significant environmental theology is in the Bible's witness. She then calls Christians to apply that message to today's environmental concerns. Richter is a master Bible scholar. Each chapter in this timely book draws out a biblical mandate about care for the land, for domestic and wild animals, for people at the margins, and more. She is also a master storyteller. Well informed on the most significant challenges to present-day environmental stewardship, Richter includes case studies connecting the biblical mandates to modern day issues. Though current political values may tempt readers to separate or even polarize Christian faith and ecological concerns, in this short, accessible book Richter urges us to be driven by God's values instead.
Sandra L. Richter (Ph.D., Harvard University) is associate professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary. Her publications include The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology(Walter de Gruyter), The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament(InterVarsity Press) and Deuteronomy (The Horizons Commentary on the Old Testament, Eerdmans), and articles in Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible (Eerdmans) and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (InterVarsity Press).
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- :introduction: Can A Christian Be An Environmentalist?
- 1. Creation As God’s Blueprint
- 2. The People Of Israel And Their Landlord
- 3. The Domestic Creatures Entrusted To<em>’ādām</em>
- 4. The Wild Creatures Entrusted To <em>’ādām</em>
- 5. Environmental Terrorism
- 6. The Widow And The Orphan
- 7. The People Of The New Covenant And Our Landlord
- Conclusion: How Then Should We Live?
- Appendix: Resources For The Responsive Christian
- Scripture Index