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THE LOST VOICES OF ANCIENT ISRAEL: RECLAIMING EDEN, AN ECO-CRITICAL EXEGESIS

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2015
Abstract/Description:
This work addresses the historically-read despotism Genesis 1.28 has often received in its subordination of nature for the interests of human enterprise and counters the notion of reading the entire Bible as an anti-environmental, anthropocentric text. In using a combined literary lens of eco-criticism and new historicism, this work examines the Hebrew Bible with particular attention to the books of Genesis and Exodus, offering within the Torah's oldest literary tradition (the J source) an environmental connection between humanity and the divine that promotes a reverence of natural world and, conversely, a rejection of rampant urbanization and its cultural departure from nature. It is the goal of this research to create a discourse by bridging the gap between religious and green studies and forging a connection with the works of the early biblical writers and environmental thought of the modern world.
Title: THE LOST VOICES OF ANCIENT ISRAEL: RECLAIMING EDEN, AN ECO-CRITICAL EXEGESIS.
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Name(s): Bacchus, Nazeer, Author
Campbell, James, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This work addresses the historically-read despotism Genesis 1.28 has often received in its subordination of nature for the interests of human enterprise and counters the notion of reading the entire Bible as an anti-environmental, anthropocentric text. In using a combined literary lens of eco-criticism and new historicism, this work examines the Hebrew Bible with particular attention to the books of Genesis and Exodus, offering within the Torah's oldest literary tradition (the J source) an environmental connection between humanity and the divine that promotes a reverence of natural world and, conversely, a rejection of rampant urbanization and its cultural departure from nature. It is the goal of this research to create a discourse by bridging the gap between religious and green studies and forging a connection with the works of the early biblical writers and environmental thought of the modern world.
Identifier: CFH0004793 (IID), ucf:45337 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-05-01
B.A.
Arts and Humanities, Dept. of English
Bachelors
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Subject(s): eco-criticism
new historicism
deconstruction
post-structuralism
hebrew bible
old testament
nature
environment
urbanization
imperialism
j source
yahwist
cultural mandate
dominion
biblical criticism
anthropocentric
pastoral
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH0004793
Restrictions on Access: campus 2020-04-01
Host Institution: UCF

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