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Greening Paul: Rereading the Apostle in a Time of Ecological Crisis
Horrell, David G., Cherryl Hunt and Christopher Southgate

Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2010 pp. ix + 333. $34.95


Description: A remarkable, wide-ranging attempt to read the Pauline literature from an ecological perspective, Greening Paul, the first book of its kind, traverses carefully between extremes claiming to present Paul's narrative world and simply subjugating the Bible to a contemporary set of ethical values. Skillfully the authors craft their reading of Paul according to the cutting-edge insights of narrative criticism and tackle burning questions which assail Christians in the present ecological crisis: Does the biblical tradition inculcate an anthropocentric worldview that gives humanity license to exploit the earth for our benefit? Does biblical eschatology imply that the earth is of only passing significance for the elect? Greening Paul is a timely and adroit re-reading of the apostle Paul that provides a potentially very fruitful ecological vision, all the while staying true to the biblical text.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Amy L. B. Peeler
Published 12/29/2011
Citation: Amy L. B. Peeler, review of David G. Horrell, Cherryl Hunt, and Christopher Southgate, Greening Paul: Rereading the Apostle in a Time of Ecological Crisis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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