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The Seven Pillars of CreationThe Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder$
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William P. Brown

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.001.0001

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The Passion of the Creator

The Passion of the Creator

The Manifold Nature of Nature in Psalm 104

(p.141) 6 The Passion of the Creator
The Seven Pillars of Creation

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Like Job, Psalm 104 celebrates God’s diverse creation. Both Job and the psalm, in fact, share several animals in common, from the lion to Leviathan. The psalmist, however, highlights the botanical as well as the biological. In his eyes, the cedars of Lebanon are among creation’s most majestic features. Whereas Job highlights the animals’ range and independence, the psalm emphasizes their respective habitats. Creation is a habitat for biodiversity, not just for humanity. Humanity is merely one species among many species, each seeking its livelihood within its prescribed environment or niche. As in Job, God is the provider and sustainer of life. Science, with its ongoing discovery of species, expands and deepens the psalmist’s awe, as well as underlines the fundamental importance of habitat.

Keywords:   psalm, biodiversity, botany, niche, habitat, cedars, lion, Leviathan, humanity, environment

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