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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919


VAN DYK, Peet. Eco-theology: In and out of the Wilderness. Old testam. essays [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.3, pp.835-851. ISSN 2312-3621.

It has been argued that any attempt by eco-theologians to interpret the biblical concept of the wilderness in a more positive light, would be futile. However, by stripping the biblical wilderness metaphor from its magico-mythical assumptions, new meaning can be constructed by applying general biblical ethics such as loving one's neighbor as oneself to the wilderness. Often this will involve reading against the grain of biblical texts dealing with the wilderness, but this should only challenge us to go beyond the text and measure it against the core ethical principles of the Bible. Without caring for the wilderness, we jeopardize the livelihood of future generations and deny them the possibility of enjoying the psychological and aesthetical benefits of the wilderness.

Palavras-chave : Wilderness; Cosmology; Hermeneutics; Love your neighbor; Biblical ethics; Transforming metaphors.

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