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Author Joerstad, Mari, 1984- author
Title The Hebrew Bible and environmental ethics : humans, nonhumans, and the living landscape / Mari Joerstad
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BS680.E58 J64 2019    IN PROCESS    30530001336510
Descript viii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes
The environmental crisis has prompted religious leaders and lay people to look to their traditions for resources to respond to environmental degradation. In this book, Mari Joerstad contributes to this effort by examining an ignored feature of the Hebrew Bible: its attribution of activity and affect to trees, fields, soil, and mountains. The Bible presents a social cosmos, in which humans are one kind of person among many. Using a combination of the tools of biblical studies and anthropological writings on animism, Joerstad traces the activity of non-animal nature through the canon. She shows how biblical writers go beyond sustainable development, asking us to be good neighbors to mountains and trees, and to be generous to our fields and vineyards. They envision human communities that are sources of joy to plants and animals. The Biblical writers' attention to inhabited spaces is particularly salient for contemporary environmental ethics in their insistence that our cities, suburbs, and villages contribute to flourishing landscapes. The first book to look at texts across the canon in which non-animal nature acts, displays emotion, or is addressed by God and/or humans
Subject Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Environmental ethics -- Biblical teaching
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
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