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Living with Other Creatures
Green Exegesis and Theology
The Bible and Christian tradition have, at best, offered an ambiguous word in response to Earth's environmental difficulties. At worst, a complex, often one-sided history of interpretation has left the Bible's voice silent. Aiming to bridge these gaps, Richard Bauckham mines scripture and theology, discovering a firm command for Christians to care for all of God's creation and then discusses the generations of theologians who have sought to live out this biblical mandate. Going beyond Old Testament human dominion, Living with Other Creatures consults scripture in its entirety and includes Jesus' perspectives on creation, novel approaches to reading the gospels, and some of the most well known "ecologists" throughout Christian history. The result is an innovative and enriching treatise that reminds readers of God's whole creation—and humanity's place within it.
1 The Human Place in Creation: A Biblical Overview
2 Dominion Interpreted: A Historical Account
3 Reading the Synoptic Gospels Ecologically
4 Jesus and Animals
5 Jesus and the Wild Animals in the Wildnerness (Mark 1:13)
6 Reading the Sermon on the Mount in an Age of Ecological Catastrophe
7 Joining Creation's Praise of God
8 Creation's Praise of God in the Book of Revelation
9 Creation Mysticism in Matthew Fox and Francis of Assisi
10 Biodiversity: A Biblical-Theological Perspective
Index of Authors
Index of Ancient and Medieval Persons
"[Bauckham's] mature reflection has resulted in a book that is exegetically and theologically rewarding."
—Beverly Roberts Gaventa, The Christian Century (October 2, 2012)
"In this exciting volume, Bauckham weaves together Jesus’ teaching of the kingdom of God, the Jewish traditions of animal compassion, St. Francis, the Apocalypse, and Christian mystics to make the case that creation’s praise of God—independent of humans—is foundational to the Christian tradition. The result is an important, highly recommended reading of the biblical mandate for ethical engagement in today’s ecological crises."
—Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation
"[Bauckham] aptly demonstrates that humanity is causing an ecological catastrophe that has been predicated on theological convictions. For this crisis to be remedied, it is necessary for Christians to shift their ecological outlook."
—Nick Elder, Marquette University, Theological Book Review
“… contributes toward opening exegetical and theological vistas that have previously been closed.
—J. David Stark, Adjunct Online Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies, Stone-Campbell Journal (Spring 2013)
“… a fine supplementary text in seminaries and graduate level classes.”
—Christina Richie, Boston College, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"... a tremendous amount of value in these essays."
—Phillip Sherman, Maryville College, Review of Biblical Literature (March 2013)
"Filled with intelligence and serious scholarship, Living with Other Creatures carries a deeply important message. A very valuable contribution."
—Roger S. Gottlieb, author of Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming and A Greener Faith
"A significant biblical, theological, and historical resource for the desperately needed 'greening' of the Christian faith. Bauckham's collection deserves very wide attention."
—David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University
"Bauckham reminds the reader that, as Creator, God delights in and cares for all creation. ... He wishes to recover the biblical view of human solidarity with the rest of creation by establishing creation's own inherent value."
—Bill Walker, five-star review, Christianity Today (Dec. 2011)
Richard Bauckham is a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is the author of several books, including The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation and Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, winner of the 2009 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing.