A Memorial of Creation Reviews For decades Judaic environmental ethics has stood in the shadow of unfruitful debates about Christian responsibility for the environmental crisis.
This article examines covenants and biblical laws regarding human relations with the earth and its various life-forms. Comments on the Unnatural Jew Please subscribe or login.
This collection puts those debates into perspective and begins the discussion of Jewish environmental philosophy in its own right, by bringing together materials that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, if not unavailable, to most readers of the book.
For this reason the academic discipline of Jewish studies was rather slow to respond to the growing Jewish interest in environmentalism. The Bible, so White claimed, instructed humanity to dominate the natural world in sanctioning human conduct that, over time, brought about the ecological crisis.
Convincingly demonstrates that Judaism is capable of formulating an ecological theology and environmental ethic relevant to the contemporary global environment crisis.
In the case of the new collection of essays edited by Martin Yaffe, one is thrilled by both the quantity and the quality of the offerings. Part IV reviews biblical laws relating to animal sacrifices.
In response, Jewish theologians and religious leaders disputed this reading of the Bible, arguing that the Bible does not give license to dominate the natural world but rather regulates human interaction with the natural world.
Judaism and the Sanctification of Nature Vegetarianism and Judaism The alleged alienation of Jews from nature is honestly confronted and just as honestly contested. In the s and early s the discourse was somewhat apologetic as Jewish theologians and religious leaders defended Judaism, arguing that the Jewish religion does not authorize exploitation of nature but rather calls for the protection and conservation of nature.
To understand Jewish attitudes toward the environment, consideration must be given to Jewish conceptions of nature. Our Covenant with Stones: How to Subscribe Oxford Bibliographies Online is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions. Consecration of the Firstborn: This article surveys the discourse on Judaism and the environment by exploring not only the development of Jewish understanding of nature over time, but also the impact made by contemporary environmentalism on the academic discipline of Jewish studies.
Two major biblical covenants embrace not only the people of Israel, but other people and living creatures. By the early s, while the organized Jewish community became more engaged with environmentalism, the academic discourse on Judaism and the environment became more robust, resulting in AnthologiesSingle-Authored BooksChapters in Reference Books and Encyclopedia Entriesand essays in peer-reviewed Special Journal Issues.
Some Thoughts on Nature and Judaism Jewish Environmental Ethics 1.
Environmental Ethics/Moses Maimonides and Jewish Marriage Essay Judaism focuses on relationships: the relationship between G-d and mankind, between G-d and the Jewish people, between the Jewish people and the land and between human beings.
By the early s, while the organized Jewish community became more engaged with environmentalism, the academic discourse on Judaism and the environment became more robust, resulting in Anthologies, Single-Authored Books, Chapters in Reference Books and Encyclopedia Entries, and essays in peer-reviewed Special Journal Issues.
Judaism and Environmental Ethics is a substantial collection of essays brought into dialogue with one another in Yaffe's careful introductory overview.
For someone teaching a course on Judaism and environmental ethics, this book is 5/5(1). Reverence for Life and Environmental Ethics In Biblical Law and Covenant. Richard H.
Hiers 1 concern for the well-being of “the environment” and of all living things than either proponents or critics of Judaism or Christianity have generally recognized.
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