Scripture, culture, and agriculture: An agrarian reading of the Bible



© Ellen F. Davis 2009. This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, especially the practices of modern industrialized agriculture, in light of critical biblical exegesis. Nine interrelated essays explore the biblical writers' pervasive concern for the care of arable land against the background of the geography, social structures, and religious thought of ancient Israel. This approach consistently brings out neglected aspects of texts, both poetry and prose, that are central to Jewish and Christian traditions. Rather than seeking solutions from the past, Davis creates a conversation between ancient texts and contemporary agrarian writers; thus she provides a fresh perspective from which to view the destructive practices and assumptions that now dominate the global food economy. The biblical exegesis is wide-ranging and sophisticated; the language is literate and accessible to a broad audience.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davis, EF

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 234

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780521518345

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/CBO9780511815041

Citation Source

  • Scopus