Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts
Elvey, Anne, Keith Dyer and Deborah Guess, editors
London: Bloomsbury, 2017 pp. xvi + 190. $108.00
T&T Clark Biblical Studies
Description: In this book Australian biblical scholars engage with texts from Genesis to Revelation. With experience in the Earth Bible Project and the Ecological Hermeneutics section of the Society of Biblical Literature, contributors address impacts of war in more-than-human contexts and habitats, in conversation with selected biblical texts. Aspects of contemporary conflicts and the questions they pose for biblical studies are explored through cultural motifs such as the Rainbow Serpent of Australian Indigenous spiritualities, security and technological control, the loss of home, and ongoing colonial violence toward Indigenous people.
Alongside these approaches, contributors ask: how do trees participate in war? Wow do we deal with the enemy? What after-texts of the biblical text speak into and from our contemporary world? David Horrell, University of Exeter, UK, responds to the collection, addressing the concept of herem in the Hebrew Bible, and drawing attention to the Pauline corpus. The volume asks: can creative readings of biblical texts contribute to the critical task of living together peaceably and sustainably?
Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Other Methods
Review by Margaret Daly-Denton
Citation: Margaret Daly-Denton, review of Anne Elvey, Keith Dyer, and Deborah Guess, eds., Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).
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