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Is Jeremiah Green? An Eco-theological reading of the Land Texts in the Book of Jeremiah

McCallum, Clive Douglas (2010) Is Jeremiah Green? An Eco-theological reading of the Land Texts in the Book of Jeremiah. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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This thesis examines key texts from the book of Jeremiah that refer specifically to the land, and analyses them using the perspective of the Six Ecojustice Principles of the Earth Bible Project. The critical question that this study seeks to answer is: To what extent do the land texts in the Book of Jeremiah correlate with the principles? Significant texts are Jer 2:7; 3:19-20; 4:23-28; 9:10-11; 12:4, 7-12 and 14:1-6. When examining each principle questions are formulated to ask of the texts in order to elicit their degree of congruence with the Ecojustice Principles. It is found that some principles align better than others, particularly those concerning interconnectedness and mutual custodianship, with intrinsic worth and purpose having a lesser congruence. The principles of voice and resistance have the least correlation, raising the issue of how far an eco-theological reading can go without taking into account the original historical meaning of the texts. Other issues raised by the study are the degrees of relationship between the symbiotic partners YHWH, people and the land, what wilderness actually means in Jeremiah, how the land is treated as inheritance, and how that the various levels of text add to the complexity of drawing conclusions. When examining each of the Ecojustice Principles it was found that only partial fit was achieved. The questions that are used for discussing the principles often are answered with a limited yes and only some were answered with a high degree of correlation. In all cases each of principles had aspects which did not correlate. While the Book of Jeremiah has some texts that seem to open the way to an eco-theological approach, on closer examination these texts support a more traditional approach and retrieval of a new way of thinking is somewhat difficult, although not entirely impossible as some of the conclusions show.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Supervisor(s): Boorer, Suzanne and Trotter, James
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