Ecological Hermeneutics: Biblical, Historical and Theological Perspectives


Leading scholars reflect critically on the kinds of appeal to the Bible that have been made in environmental ethics and ecotheology.

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Leading scholars reflect critically on the kinds of appeal to the Bible that have been made in environmental ethics and ecotheology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567033031
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Horrell is Professor of New Testament Studiesat the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of several books, includingAn 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, andis also a member of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS). He completed his PhD at Cambridgeon Paul's Corinthian letters and the letter known as 1 Clement.

Dr. Cherryl Hunt is a post-doctoral researcher in Theology at the University of Exeter

Dr. Christopher Southgate is Lecturer and Director of Modular Studies at the University of Exeter in England.

Francesca Stavrakopoulou is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on ancient Israelite religion, Judahite kingship, and history and ideology in the Hebrew Bible. She is the author of King Manasseh and Child Sacrifice: Biblical Distortions of Historical Realities (De Gruyter, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction (The Editors)

Section 1: Biblical perspectives

Section Introduction (The Editors)
1. The Creation Stories: their Ecological Potential (and Problems) (John Rogerson)

2. Land, Sin, Sacrifice: The ecological ethics of Leviticus (Jonathan Morgan)

3. Reading the Prophets from an Environmental Perspective (John Barton)
4. The Significance of the Wisdom Tradition in the Ecological Debate (Katharine Dell)

5. Jesus and the Gospels in Ecotheological Perspective (Richard Bauckham)
6. An Ecological Reading of Rom 8.19-22: Possibilities and Hesitations (Brendan Byrne)
7. Hellenistic Cosmology and the Letter to the Colossians: Towards an Ecological Hermeneutic (Vicky Balabanski)
8. Cosmic Catastrophe Imagery in the New Testament (Edward Adams)

Section 2: Insights from the history of interpretation

Section Introduction (The Editors)
9. In the Beginning: Irenaeus, Creation, and the Environment (Francis Watson)
10. The Fathers' Readings of Genesis 1 (Morwenna Ludlow)
11. Thomas Aquinas: Reading the Idea of Dominion in the Light of the Doctrine of Creation (Mark Wynn)
12. Reformation readings of the Creation stories (H. Paul Santmire)

13. Between Creation and Transfiguration: the environment in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition (Andrew Louth)

14. Karl Barth's Approach to Scripture and its Ecological Potential (Geoff Thompson)

15. Hans Urs von Balthasar and a Creation-centred Hermeneutic (David Moss)

16. Jürgen Moltmann on God and Creation (Jeremy Law)

Section 3: Contemporary hermeneutical possibilities

Section Introduction (The Editors)
17. The Greening of American Fundamentalism and Its Detractors (Harry Maier)

18. New Testament Eschatology and the Ecological Crisis in Theological and Ecclesial Perspective (Stephen Barton)
19. Sustainable Countryside (Tim Gorringe)

20. Towards a Theological Ecological Hermeneutic (Ernst Conradie)

Epilogue (The Editors)


Index of Biblical Texts

Index of Modern Authors

Index of Subjects

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