Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader

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Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Religion - 422 pages
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Martin D. Yaffe's Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader is a well-conceived exploration of three interrelated questions: Does the Hebrew Bible, or subsequent Jewish tradition, teach environmental responsibility or not? What Jewish teachings, if any, appropriately address today's environmental crisis? Do ecology, Judaism, and philosophy work together, or are they at odds with each other in confronting the current crisis? Yaffe's extensive introduction analyzes and appraises the anthologized essays, each of which serves to deepen and enrich our understanding of current reflection on Judaism and environmental ethics. Brought together in one volume for the first time, the most important scholars in the field touch on diverse disciplines including deep ecology, political philosophy, and biblical hermeneutics. This ambitious book illustrates precisely because of its interdisciplinary focus how longstanding disagreements and controversies may spark further interchange among ecologists, Jews, and philosophers. Both accessible and thoroughly scholarly, this dialogue will benefit anyone interested in ethical and religious considerations of contemporary ecology."
 

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Contents

On Classical Judaism and Environmental Crisis
73
The Hebrew View of Nature
80
Concepts of Nature in the Hebrew Bible
86
The Forestry of the Prophets
105
The Agricultural and Ecological Symbolism of the Four Species of Sukkot
112
Judaism and the Practice of Stewardship
125
Man and Nature in the Sabbatical Year
136
Commentary on the Book of Genesis Chapter 1
143
The Philosophical Question
265
The Unnatural Jew
267
Some Thoughts on Nature and Judaism
283
Comments on the Unnatural Jew
286
Judaism and the Sanctification of Nature
289
Judaism and Nature Theological and Moral Issues to Consider While Renegotiating a Jewish Relationship to the Natural World
297
Natures Healing Power the Holocaust and the Environmental Crisis
309
Ethical Issues of Animal Welfare in Jewish Thought
321

The Ethical Question
159
Our Covenant with Stones A Jewish Ecology of Earth
161
Created in the Image of God Humanity and Divinity in an Age of Environmentalism
172
Is Gaia Jewish? Finding a Framework for Radical Ecology in Traditional Judaism
183
One Walking and Studying Nature vs Torah
206
Bal Tashchit A Jewish Environmental Precept
230
Contemporary Problems in Ethics from a Jewish Perspective
250
Judaism and Animal Experimentation
333
Vegetarianism and Judaism
371
Sanctified Eating
384
Bibliography
410
Index
415
About the Contributors
420
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Martin D. Yaffe is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and a member of the Center for Environmental Philosophy at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Shylock and the Jewish Question (1997).

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