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Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics
Habel, Norman C. and Peter Trudinger, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008 pp. xiv + 183. $24.95

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Description: What has hermeneutics to do with ecology? What texts, if any, come to mind when you consider what the scriptures might say about environmental ethics? To help readers think critically and clearly about the Bibleís relation to modern environmental issues, this volume expands the horizons of biblical interpretation to introduce ecological hermeneutics, moving beyond a simple discussion about Earth and its constituents as topics to a reading of the text from the perspective of Earth. In these groundbreaking essays, sixteen scholars seek ways to identify with Earth as they read and retrieve the role or voice of Earth, a voice previously unnoticed or suppressed within the biblical text and its interpretation. This study enriches eco-theology with eco-exegesis, a radical and timely dialogue between ecology and hermeneutics. The contributors are Vicky Balabanski, Laurie Braaten, Norman Habel, Theodore Hiebert, Cameron Howard, Melissa Tubbs Loya, Hilary Marlow, Susan Miller, Raymond Person, Alice Sinnott, Kristin Swenson, Sigve Tonstad, Peter Trudinger, Marie Turner, Elaine Wainwright, and Arthur Walker-Jones.

Subjects: Methods, Ideological Critique

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Review by John Painter
Published 3/14/2009
Citation: John Painter, review of Norman C. Habel and Peter Trudinger, eds., Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Johan Buitendag
Published 4/4/2009
Citation: Johan Buitendag, review of Norman C. Habel and Peter Trudinger, eds., Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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