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Bibil Identifier bibil:204422
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Challenges in the Search for an Ecotheology
Author van Dyk, Peet
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Response article In Search of the Right Metaphor: A Response to Peet van Dyk's "Challenges in the Search for an Ecotheology". Part One: Metaphor and Dominion
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 186-204 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It is the purpose of this article to expose the reasons why ecological issues previously played such an insignificant role in biblical theology and thereby introduce some burning questions which need to be discussed in future by ecotheologians. The Bible is often accused of being hostile or indifferent toward the environment. The main focal points for these accusations were: the idea expressed in Genesis 1:28 and Psalm 8 that humans should subdue the earth and rule over it, an anthropocentric viewpoint, changes in social structure brought about by patriarchal monotheism, the negative evaluation of the wilderness concept and the problematic land promises in the Pentateuch. The absence of a biblical concept of nature and the lack of attention given to the earth in wisdom literature were further identified as reasons why the Bible may seem indifferent to the earth. For various other philosophical and theological reasons, nature and the environment have not featured prominently (if at all) in biblical theology. Various urgent questions are posed to ecotheologians in conclusion.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Nature
Pericopes Genesis 1,28
Genesis 8,6-8,8
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