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.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
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Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
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Bacchus, Nazeer, "Lost Voices of Ancient Israel Reclaiming Eden: An Ecocritical Exegesis" (2015). HIM 1990-2015. 1844.