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New Books on Bible and Ecology

The relationship between the Bible and Ecology is a hot topic these days and many publishers are putting out new books written by scholars that can be appreciated by the general public. Here are some examples:

The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation by Richard Bauckham (Baylor University Press, 2010). Bauckham is Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Greening Paul: Reading the Apostle in a Time of Ecological Crisis by David Horrell, Cherryl Hunt, and Christopher Southgate (Baylor University Press, 2010). The authors are faculty members at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

The Bible and the Environment: Towards a Critical Ecological Biblical Theology by David Horrell (Equinox, 2010). Horrell is Professor of New Testament at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

An Inconvenient Text: Is a Green Reading of the Bible Possible? by Norman Habel (ATF Press, 2009). Habel is a fellow at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Habel has been in the forefront of fostering ecological readings of the Bible in the Society of Biblical Literature, edited the series of books comprising the Earth Bible, and is presently editing a series of Earth Bible Commentaries. With Peter Trudinger, he edited a collection of articles entitled

Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics (Society of Biblical Literature, 2008). Habel also spearheaded a Season of Creation for use in worship.

Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics by Hilary Marlow (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). See a review by Norman Habel at http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=7415.

Creation Untamed: The Bible God and Natural Disasters by Terence Fretheim (Baker, 2010). Fretheim is professor of Old Testament at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul. Fretheim is author of God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation (Abingdon, 2005). See also Fretheim’s theology of the Old Testament, which focuses on environmental themes and their implications: God and World in the Old Testament.

Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future. This is a very readable book by Mark Wallace is professor of Religion at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Click here for a short paper by David Rhoads giving an overview of some key passages and themes in the Bible relevant to caring for creation.


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