Space, Fauna, and Flora
This volume models the kind of multidisciplinary collaboration that is vital to contemporary biblical scholarship. With exegetical precision it challenges dichotomies between humans and nonhumans, domestic and wild that have been dangerously absolutized by the industrialized mindset. Because that challenge is articulated in language accessible to non-experts, it merits wide usage by scholars, students, and interested readers of the Bible * Ellen F. Davis, Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School, USA * This first book of a new series on nature imagery in the Bible is like a beacon. It shows the way to systematic and interdisciplinary investigations, with a variety of aspects and in dialogue. It demonstrates that the boundaries between nature and culture are fluid and thus invites to a deeper reflection on our world. * Georg Fischer SJ, Professor emeritus, University of Innsbruck, Austria * Given the authority of the Bible across various domains of society (economic, social, political), and given the many climate-related challenges we all now face, how the Bible thinks about the world we inhabit, and the categories of wild and domestic, matters enormously. Mark Boda and Dalit Rom-Shiloni have assembled a stellar array of contributors who expertly guide readers into the variety of biblical understandings of these slippery concepts, and how we might make sense of them in light of todays challenges. * Jacqueline E. Lapsley, President of Union Presbyterian Seminary, USA *
Dalit Rom-Shiloni is Professor of Biblical Studies at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Mark J. Boda is Professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Canada.
List of Figures List of Tables DNI Bible Supplements, Introduction List of Abbreviations Introduction Mark J. Boda and Dalit Rom-Shiloni Chapter 1: 'It's a Jungle in Here': Wild Animals, Plants and Places in the Book of Amos Alexander Coe Stewart, LeTourneau University, USA Chapter 2: Outside the Walls: The Portrayal of Wild Animals in the Hebrew Bible Dorit Pomerantz, Tel-Aviv University, Israel Chapter 3: Flora and Fauna in the Metaphorical Landscapes in the Song of Songs Martien Halvorson-Taylor, University of Virginia, USA Chapter 4: Wildscapes, Landscapes and Specialized Land Management: the Impact of the Assyrian Rule over Land Exploitation in the Kingdom Of Judah Daffna Langgut and Yuval Gadot, Tel-Aviv University, Israel Chapter 5: The Wilderness and The Sown in the Land of Israel: Historical Mapping, the Human Footprint, and Remote Sensing Noam Levin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Chapter 6: Spatial Language of the Wild : Ya'ar, Midbar, And Sadeh Dalit Rom-Shiloni, Tel-Aviv University, Israel Chapter 7: Nature and Critical Spatiality: a Response to Crossing Borders Between the Domestic and the Wild Jon L. Berquist, University of Redlands, USA Chapter 8: Beyond the Nature-Culture Divide Anselm Hagedorn, University of Osnabruck, Germany Index of Authors Index of References