The Yahwist's Landscape: Nature and Religion in Early Israel

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Hiebert s foundational study opens the world of nature as a major aspect of biblical thought. It lays to rest the traditional dichotomy between nature and history that has been so long read into the Bible and Israel s religion, redeeming the natural world as the realm of human life and God s care.

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The ecological crisis has created new interest in the ideas about nature found in the Bible, which is often depicted as the source of attitudes that have led to the destruction of our environment. The Hebrew Scriptures, for example, are seen as enshrining oppositional views of nature, because it is assumed that the earliest Israelites were living in a hostile desert environment. In this book Theodore Hiebert re-examines these assumptions, and offers a new understanding of the role of nature in biblical thought. Hiebert stresses the importance of reading the Hebrew Scriptures in their ancient Near Eastern context. He concentrates on the Bible's earliest account of origins: the narratives of the Pentateuch, or Torah, usually attributed to a single author, the Yahwist. His analysis incorporates evidence from recent work in archaeology, history, anthropology, and comparative religion concerning the ecologies, economies, and religions of the ancient Levant. Hiebert shows that the Yahwist's formative landscape was actually hill country with a mixed agrarian economy. The view of God and the kinds of religious ritual described in the Yahwist's narratives are closely linked to this agricultural landscape and reflect the challenges of human survival within it. Rather than posing a problem for biblical religion, the world of nature is seen to play a foundational role in the shape and content of that tradition. Hiebert concludes that the Yahwist's ideology is relevant to contemporary efforts to frame a theology of ecology. Particularly useful to these efforts are the Yahwist's views of reality as unified and non-dualistic, humanity as limited and dependent, nature and humanity as interrelated andof sacred significance, and agriculture as a context for an ecological theology.

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Theodore Hiebert is the Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is the author of essays on biblical perspectives on nature in the The New Interpreter s Dictionary of the Bible, The Oxford Companion to the Bible, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, and in various books and periodicals.

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Book Description Augsburg Fortress, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 224 x 150 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Praise for The Yahwist s Landscape Issues of religion and ecology have never mattered more, and The Yahwist s Landscape remains the gold standard. Congratulations to Fortress Press for making it widely available. -Larry L. Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social EthicsUnion Theological Seminary Hiebert s foundational study opens the world of nature as a major aspect of biblical thought. It lays to rest the traditional dichotomy between nature and history that has been so long read into the Bible and Israel s religion, redeeming the natural world as the realm of human life and God s care. Von Rad and Eichrodt are there, but this time Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson are also in the picture. That makes for a different and interesting conversation. -Patrick D. Miller, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology EmeritusPrinceton Theological Seminary The human being is a farmer. Humans and animals are companions made of the same topsoil. The land is a sovereign to be served by humans. God appears in nature. Earth has ultimate value. Such is the worldview of the Yahwist, uncovered by Ted Hiebert, a worldview that lacks any real dichotomy between history and nature, between redemption and creation. This biblical worldview is a crucial alternative for us to consider in the face of the current ecological crisis, especially given our past obsession with the mandate to dominate in Genesis 1:26-28. We owe you, Ted. Your research is timely and compelling! -Norman Habel, Editor and Contributor, The Earth Bible Professor Theodore Hiebert has written a must-read book for biblical scholars and their students, for the clergy and well-informed laity. Hiebert focuses on the J (Yahwist) source, whose vivid narrative has been adroitly braided into the epic source (JE). Hiebert s highly original study demonstrates that it was, not the desert, but the agro-pastoralist villages of highland Israel, which provided the social and environmental matrix from which the J source wove his captivating narrative. -Larry Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of IsraelHarvard UniversityTheodore Hiebert is the Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is the author of essays on biblical perspectives on nature in The New Interpreter s Dictionary of the Bible, The Oxford Companion to the Bible, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, and in various books and periodicals. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780800663056

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