Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word

Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word

by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
     
 

Jewish ecological discourse has shown that Judaism harbors deep concern for the well-being of the natural world. However, the movement has not articulated a Jewish theology of nature, nor has it submitted the sources of Judaism to a systematic, philosophical examination. This volume intends to contribute to the nascent discourse on Judaism and ecology by clarifying… See more details below

Overview

Jewish ecological discourse has shown that Judaism harbors deep concern for the well-being of the natural world. However, the movement has not articulated a Jewish theology of nature, nor has it submitted the sources of Judaism to a systematic, philosophical examination. This volume intends to contribute to the nascent discourse on Judaism and ecology by clarifying diverse conceptions of nature in Jewish thought and by using the insights of Judaism to formulate a constructive Jewish theology of nature. The twenty-one contributors consider the Bible and rabbinic literature, examine the relationship between the doctrine of creation and the doctrine of revelation in the context of natural law, and wrestle with questions of nature and morality. They look at nature in the Jewish mystical tradition, and they face the challenges to Jewish environmental activism caused by the tension between the secular nature of the environmental discourse and Jewish religious commitments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945454366
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Religions of the World and Ecology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Lawrence E. Sullivan

Series Foreword

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Introduction. Judaism and the Natural World

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

I. Constructive Jewish Theology of Nature

A Kabbalah for the Environmental Age

Arthur Green

Toward a Jewish Theology of Nature

Michael Fishbane

II. The Human Condition: Origins, Pollution, and Death

The Ecology of Eden

Evan Eisenberg

How Much Is Too Much? Conventional versus Personal Definitions of Pollutions in Rabbinic Sources

Eliezer Diamond

Jewish Death Practices: A Commentary on the Relationship of Humans to the Natural World

David Kraemer

Response. Mastery and Stewardship, Wonder and Connectedness: A Typology of Relations to Nature in Jewish Text and Tradition

Eilon Schwartz

Ill. The Doctrine of Creation

Nature's Answer: The Meaning of the Book of Job in Its Intellectual Context

Stephen A. Geller

Creation in the Bible and in the Liturgy

Neil Gillman

The Doctrine of Creation and the Idea of Nature

David Novak

Response. Natural and Supernatural Justice

Jon D. Levenson

IV. Nature and Revealed Morality

Concepts of Torah and Nature in Jewish Thought

Shalom Rosenberg

Respect for Nature in the Jewish Tradition

Lenn E. Goodman

What Are the Ethical Implications of Jewish Theological Conceptions of the Natural World?

Moshe Sokol

Response. Construction, Discovery, and Critique in Jewish Ecological Ethics

Barry S. Kogan

V. Nature in Jewish Mysticism

Mirror of Nature Reflected in the Symbolism of Medieval Kabbalah

Elliot R. Wolfson

Nature, Exile, and Disability in R. Nahman of Bratslav's "The Seven Beggars"

Shaul Magid

Early Hasidism and the Natural World

Jerome (Yehudah) Gellman

Response. The Textualization of Nature in Jewish Mysticism

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

VI. From Speculation to Action

Reverence and Responsibility: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Nature and the Self

Edward K. Kaplan

Can Judaism Make Environmental Policy? Sacred and Secular Language in Jewish Ecological Discourse

Tsvi Blanchard

Jewish Environmentalism: Past Accomplishments and Future Challenges

Mark X. Jacobs

Select Bibliography

Notes on Contributors

Index

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