Ecological appropriation of Joel

Bergmann, Neil W. (2013) Ecological appropriation of Joel. Australian eJournal of Theology, 20 1: 34-48.

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Author Bergmann, Neil W.
Title Ecological appropriation of Joel
Journal name Australian eJournal of Theology
ISSN 1448-6326
Publication date 2013-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 34
End page 48
Total pages 15
Place of publication Virginia, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Catholic University, School of Theology
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 440204 Christian Theology (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Formatted abstract
Most modern ecological-hermeneutical approaches to biblical interpretation of prophetic texts have concentrated on identifying the ecological significance of the text in its original historical context. Given the urgency of concerns about the modern ecological crisis, there is also a need to use scripture to assist in development of contemporary environmental ethics within an industrialised society. This paper describes a technique called ecological appropriation which seeks to take a biblical text, in this case the book of Joel, and apply its message to modern ecological concerns, whilst still preserving its fundamental theological message. This technique yields new insights into an appropriate, biblically-inspired response to the ecological crisis which involves key steps of acknowledgement, mourning, repentance, judgement, return to God, and restoration.
Keyword Biblical book of Joel
Speech act theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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