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God, Justice, and SocietyAspects of Law and Legality in the Bible$
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Jonathan Burnside

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759217.001.0001

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Humanity and the Environment

Humanity and the Environment

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God, Justice, and Society

Jonathan Burnside

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the biblical materials draw on a range of registers to structure the complexity of the relationship between humanity and the environment, including blessings, commands, and curses as well as human and divine speech acts. It shows how the creation narrative is paradigmatic of the relationship that ought to exist between humanity and the environment, and which is expressed in terms of a vocation. It explores several divine judgments in the primeval history, including the judgment stories of the Garden of Eden and the Flood, as well as the post-diluvian blessing upon humanity. The chapter also considers a number of eco-laws found in the Torah.

Keywords:   creation narrative, environment, Torah, Flood, Garden of Eden, primeval history, speech acts, vocation

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