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Scripture, culture, and agriculture : an Agrarian reading of the Bible

Author: Ellen F Davis
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen F Davis
ISBN: 9780521518345 0521518342 9780521732239 0521732239
OCLC Number: 231580926
Description: xvii, 234 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 --
Covenantal economics : the biblical case for a local economy --
Running on poetry : the agrarian prophets --
Wisdom or sloth? : the character of work --
The faithful city.
Responsibility: Ellen F. Davis ; foreword by Wendell Berry.
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"The biblical writers were familiar with disputes over land use and land care, and the economics of food production were critical to their perspective. Reading the Bible from this perspective opens Read more...

 
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