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The Greening of Hebrews?: Ecological Readings in the Letter to the Hebrews
Lamp, Jeffrey S.

Eugene: Pickwick, 2012 pp. xii + 134. $18.00


Description: Applying an ecological hermeneutic developed in the Consultation on Ecological Hermeneutics of the Society of Biblical Literature, and in conjunction with intertextual and theological hermeneutics, Jeffrey Lamp creatively reads the Letter to the Hebrews from the perspective of Earth. The author of Hebrews engages in an extended argument that reinterprets features of the old covenant in terms of the Son in order to demonstrate that the new covenant instituted by the Son is superior to the old. In such an argument, the voice of Earth is understandably absent. The author of the letter is frequently understood as denigrating the temporal order, of which the old covenant is a part, while praising the eternal order, of which the new covenant is a part. An ecological reading of Hebrews demonstrates that, despite the rhetorical concerns of the author, embedded in the argument are textual clues, derived primarily from the christological affirmations of the argumentation, connecting Hebrews with the larger biblical concern for the integrity and care of the created order.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Amy L. B. Peeler
Published 3/24/2014
Citation: Amy L. B. Peeler, review of Jeffrey S. Lamp, The Greening of Hebrews?: Ecological Readings in the Letter to the Hebrews, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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