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Idols and Land Grabs, Ancient and Modern: Creation and Ecotheology in Ezekiel 6; 35:1-36:15

In: Horizons in Biblical Theology
Author: William Briggs1
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  • 1 Baylor University, Waco, tx, USA
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Abstract

In light of the growing importance of creation in contemporary discussions of the theology of the Hebrew Bible as well as modern ecological concerns, this essay examines the connected passages of Ezek 6; 35:1-36:15. These texts portray Yahweh as concerned with issues of order, land and land ownership, and the pollution of the land. Human idolatry and failure to recognize that the land belongs to Yahweh leads to the pollution of the land and the violation of the creational order. Ezekiel 6; 35:1-36:15 are considered in view of the contemporary malpractices of large agricultural corporations, allowing the text of Ezekiel and the modern world to shed light on one another. In contexts both ancient and modern, Ezekiel speaks against notions of unbridled human dominion over creation and asserts that humans are deeply intertwined with the world around them, in line with Terrance Fretheim’s conception of creation theology.

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