The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation
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With his characteristic rigor and perceptiveness, Richard Bauckham embarks on a Biblical investigation into the relationship of human beings to the rest of creation. Bauckham argues that there is much more to the Bible's understanding of this relationship than the mandate of human dominion given in Genesis 1 which, he writes, has too often been used as a justification for domination and exploitation of the earth's resources.

Instead, Bauckham considers the ecological perspectives found in the book of Job, the Psalms and the Gospels, all of which, he determines, require a re-evaluation of the biblical tradition of "dominion." Bauckham discovers a tradition of a "community of creation" where human beings are fellow members with God's other creatures, and in which true reconciliation to God involves the entire creation. Short, reliable, and engaging, The Bible and Ecology is essential reading for anyone looking for a biblically grounded approach to ecology.

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Title: The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation
By: Richard Bauckham
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.00 (inches)
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 1602583102
ISBN-13: 9781602583108
Stock No: WW583108

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Publisher's Description

With his characteristic rigor and perceptiveness, Richard Bauckham embarks on a biblical investigation into the relationship between human beings and the rest of creation. Bauckham argues that there is much more to the Bible’s understanding of this relationship than the mandate of human dominion given in Genesis 1—which, he writes, has too often been used as a justification for domination and exploitation of the earth’s resources. Instead, Bauckham considers the ecological perspectives found in the book of Job, the Psalms, and the Gospels, all of which, he determines, require a reevaluation of the biblical tradition of "dominion." Bauckham discovers a tradition of a "community of creation" in which human beings are fellow members with God’s other creatures and true reconciliation to God involves the entire creation. Short, reliable, and engaging, The Bible and Ecology is essential reading for anyone looking for a biblically grounded approach to ecology.

Author Bio

Richard Bauckham was, until 2007, Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor in the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is now Professor Emeritus at St Andrews. A fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he is the author of many books including Jesus and the Eye-Witnesses (winner of the 2009 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing) and Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World.

Editorial Reviews

A great resource... on Christianity and the environment.


… an excellent text for a class in ecotheology or Christian environmental ethics.


Overall, this is a very successful book which demonstrates the Bible’s relevance to a vital issue.


Bauckham has forced us to reconsider again the question of stewardship and the place of humans in the community of creation. He carefully explores a range of biblical texts that highlight God's care of creation and the place of humans in that community.


… a superb choice for lay people, pastors and Bible college students...


Without question the book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Bible's understanding of ecology and humanity's place in God's community of creation. The book is accessible to general readers and is an indispensable source for scholars. It should be carefully and widely read.

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