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Framing the "Ecological Crisis" Now and Then: A Call for Historical Approach for a Green Reading of Paul
Umeå University.
2018 (English)In: 2018 International Meeting: Program Book, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In ecological readings of the Bible, it is commonly implied or even emphasized that today’s questions must set the agenda for an ecological reading of the Bible, since the issue – it is assumed – could not have been addressed or conceived in biblical times. Therefore, in the search for answers to our ecological problems and questions, not least from Pauline letters, not much is harvested. However, in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities, various scholars emphasizes the need of critical deconstruction of the standard modern framings and narratives in which “environmental crisis” and related concepts are embedded. I suggest that an ecological hermeneutics needs the insight that modern ways of describing the predicaments are based on modern world-views and ideas, and that this makes us blind to however an ancient person (including Paul) would describe the issue. Consequently, I propose that this leads us to the ancient context and the need to draw more attention to NT historical background, using knowledge from Environmental History. Here, it is clear that many of today’s problems, such as salinization, overgrazing and resource depletion, have antecedents in antiquity. Moreover, that ancient people had awareness of large-scale human-caused effects on nature and often observed them as negative, and that human (non-)actions towards nature were motivated by different attitudes based on (non-modern!) philosophic/religious/theological frames and narratives. In this presentation, I will give tentative examples of how the understanding of “ecological” problems/predicaments in 1st century ANE supports a green reading of Pauline letters.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Paul, Ecological Hermeneutics, Environmental History, Environmental humanities
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Humanities and the Arts
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New Testament Exegesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157347OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-157347DiVA, id: diva2:1296398
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International Meeting SBL and EABS Helsinki July 30 - August 3, 2018 The Bible and Ecology Section
Available from: 2019-03-15 Created: 2019-03-15 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved

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