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Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture An Agrarian Reading of the Bible

ISBN-10: 0521732239
ISBN-13: 9780521732239
Edition: 2009
Authors: Ellen F. Davis
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, especially the practices of modern industrialized agriculture, in light of critical biblical exegesis. Nine interrelated essays explore the biblical writers' pervasive concern for the care of arable land against the background of the geography, social structures, and religious thought of ancient Israel. This approach consistently brings out neglected aspects of texts, both poetry and prose, that are central to Jewish and Christian traditions. Rather than seeking solutions from the past, Davis creates a conversation between ancient texts and contemporary agrarian writers; thus she provides a fresh perspective from which to view the destructive practices and assumptions that now dominate the global food economy. The biblical exegesis is wide-ranging and sophisticated; the language is literate and accessible to a broad audience.

Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She is the author of Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth Through Image and Text; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Getting Involved with God; and Imagination Shaped.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Rupture and Re-membering
Reading the Bible Through Agrarian Eyes
Seeing with God: Israel's Poem of Creation
Leaving Egypt Behind: Embracing the Wilderness Economy
A Wholesome Materiality: Reading Leviticus
Convenantal Economics: The Biblical Case for a Local Economy
Running on Poetry: The Agrarian Prophets
Wisdom or Sloth? The Character of Work
The Faithful City
Postscript
Notes
Scripture Index
Index

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