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Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word

Series: Religions of the World and Ecology

By: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Editor), Lawrence E Sullivan (Preface By)

Harvard University Press

Paperback | Mar 2003 | #215266 | ISBN: 0945454368
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About this book

Jewish ecological discourse has shown that Judaism harbours deep concern for the well-being of the natural world. However, the movement has not articulated a Jewish theology of nature, nor has it submitted the sources of Judaism to a systematic, philosophical examination. Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word intends to contribute to the nascent discourse on Judaism and Ecology by clarifying diverse conceptions of nature in Jewish thought and by using the insights of Judaism to formulate a constructive Jewish theology of nature.

The 21 contributors consider the Bible and rabbinic literature, examine the relationship between the doctrine of creation and the doctrine of revelation in the context of natural law, and wrestle with questions of nature and morality. They look at nature in the Jewish mystical tradition, and they face the challenges to Jewish environmental activism caused by the tension between the secular nature of the environmental discourse and Jewish religious commitments.


Lawrence E. Sullivan

Series Foreword
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Introduction. Judaism and the Natural World
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

I. Constructive Jewish Theology of Nature
A Kabbalah for the Environmental Age
Arthur Green

Toward a Jewish Theology of Nature
Michael Fishbane

II. The Human Condition: Origins, Pollution, and Death
The Ecology of Eden
Evan Eisenberg

How Much Is Too Much? Conventional versus Personal Definitions of Pollutions in Rabbinic Sources 
Eliezer Diamond

Jewish Death Practices: A Commentary on the Relationship of Humans to the Natural World 
David Kraemer

Response. Mastery and Stewardship, Wonder and Connectedness: A Typology of Relations to Nature in Jewish Text and Tradition 
Eilon Schwartz

Ill. The Doctrine of Creation
Nature’s Answer: The Meaning of the Book of Job in Its Intellectual Context 
Stephen A. Geller

Creation in the Bible and in the Liturgy
Neil Gillman

The Doctrine of Creation and the Idea of Nature
David Novak

Response. Natural and Supernatural Justice
Jon D. Levenson

IV. Nature and Revealed Morality
Concepts of Torah and Nature in Jewish Thought
Shalom Rosenberg

Respect for Nature in the Jewish Tradition
Lenn E. Goodman

What Are the Ethical Implications of Jewish Theological Conceptions of the Natural World? 
Moshe Sokol

Response. Construction, Discovery, and Critique in Jewish Ecological Ethics 
Barry S. Kogan

V. Nature in Jewish Mysticism
Mirror of Nature Reflected in the Symbolism of Medieval Kabbalah 
Elliot R. Wolfson

Nature, Exile, and Disability in R. Nahman of Bratslav’s "The Seven Beggars" 
Shaul Magid

Early Hasidism and the Natural World
Jerome (Yehudah) Gellman

Response. The Textualization of Nature in Jewish Mysticism
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

VI. From Speculation to Action
Reverence and Responsibility: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Nature and the Self 
Edward K. Kaplan

Can Judaism Make Environmental Policy? Sacred and Secular Language in Jewish Ecological Discourse 
Tsvi Blanchard

Jewish Environmentalism: Past Accomplishments and Future Challenges 
Mark X. Jacobs

Select Bibliography
Notes on Contributors

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Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Arizona State University.



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