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The Bible and the Environment

David G Horrell

The Bible and the Environment

David G Horrell

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Environmental issues have in recent years come to the centre stage of political and ethical debate. Moreover, there has long been the charge, classically formulated by Lynn White Jr, that the biblical and Christian tradition has legitimated and encouraged humanitys aggressive domination of nature to serve human interests. Biblical visions of the future, with destruction for the earth and rescue for the elect, might also seem to discourage any concern for the earths future or the welfare of future generations. In this volume, David Horrell sets out this context for discussion, and illustrates the diverse ways in which the Bible has been interpreted in relation to issues of ecology and the environment. A range of biblical texts are discussed, from Genesis to Revelation, and competing interpretations are contrasted and evaluated. Horrells analysis shows that the Bible provides a thoroughly ambivalent legacy. It cannot straightforwardly provide positive teaching on care for the environment, but nor can it simply be seen as an anti-ecological book. Horrell argues for the explicit development of an ecological hermeneutic. This involves constructing certain interpretative lenses that arise from the engagement between our contemporary context and the biblical text. These lenses help to generate a new reading of the biblical tradition appropriate to face the challenges of the ecological issues that face humanity at the beginning of the third millennium.

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About "The Bible and the Environment"

Environmental issues have in recent years come to the centre stage of political and ethical debate. Moreover, there has long been the charge, classically formulated by Lynn White Jr, that the biblical and Christian tradition has legitimated and encouraged humanitys aggressive domination of nature to serve human interests. Biblical visions of the future, with destruction for the earth and rescue for the elect, might also seem to discourage any concern for the earths future or the welfare of future generations. In this volume, David Horrell sets out this context for discussion, and illustrates the diverse ways in which the Bible has been interpreted in relation to issues of ecology and the environment. A range of biblical texts are discussed, from Genesis to Revelation, and competing interpretations are contrasted and evaluated. Horrells analysis shows that the Bible provides a thoroughly ambivalent legacy. It cannot straightforwardly provide positive teaching on care for the environment, but nor can it simply be seen as an anti-ecological book. Horrell argues for the explicit development of an ecological hermeneutic. This involves constructing certain interpretative lenses that arise from the engagement between our contemporary context and the biblical text. These lenses help to generate a new reading of the biblical tradition appropriate to face the challenges of the ecological issues that face humanity at the beginning of the third millennium.
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Meet the Author

David G Horrell

David G. Horrell (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of several books, including An Introduction to the Study of Paul (T&T Clark, Second Edition 2006) and Solidarity and Difference (T&T Clark, 2005). He was the editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament from 2002-2007.

He is an active member of the British New Testament Society, having chaired the Social World of the New Testament Seminar from 2001-2006, and is also a member of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS). He completed his PhD at Cambridge on Pauls Corinthian letters and the letter known as 1 Clement

Table Of Contents

  • Preface Part I: Reading The Bible In Light Of The 'ecologic Crisis': Approaches To Interpretation 1.the 'ecologic Crisis' And The Challenge To The Christian Tradition 2.approaches To Reading The Biblical Tradition In Relation To Environmental Issues Part Ii: A Survey Of Selected Biblical Texts And Their Varied Interpretation 3.human Dominion Over Creation? 4.the 'fall' And The Flood: A Covenant With All The Earth 5.creation's Praise And Humanity De-centred 6.jesus And The Earth: The Gospels And Ecology 7.paul And The Redemption Of The Cosmos 8.future Visions Of Creation At Peace 9.apocalyptic Visions Of Cosmic Catastrophe Part Iii: Dealing With An Ambivalent Legacy: Proposals For An Ecological Hermeneutic 10.towards An Ecological Hermeneutic: Biblical Texts And Doctrinal Lenses 11.a Critical Ecological Biblical Theology And Ethics

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  • Catalogue Code 342953
  • Product Code 9781845536220
  • ISBN 1845536223
  • EAN 9781845536220
  • Pages 171
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Environment
  • Publisher Equinox Publishing
  • Publication Date Sep 2010
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg

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