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Upcoming Special Thanksgiving Audio Podcast with Dr. Ellen Davis, Author of Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of The Bible

Just before Thanksgiving, Conserv will air an Interview with Dr. Ellen Davis, Author of the new book Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of The Bible. This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, and explores the biblical writers’ pervasive concern for the care of arable land. She creates a conversation between ancient texts and comtemporary agrarian writers such as Wendell Berry, thus providing a fresh persective to consider contemporary food issues and concerns. In Berry’s Introduction to the book, he writes:

…From an ecological and agrarian point of view, the most urgent problem of agriculture, as of the human economy as a whole, is that of local adaptation – that is to say, of making a beneficient and conserving fit between work and place. As Professor Davis shows, this problem is paramount also from the point of view of the Bible. From an agrarian point of view, the Exodus was a movement from the flat, easily tillable land of Egypt to “the narrow and precariously balanced ecological niche that is the hill country of ancient Judah and Samaria.” The people of Israel had to re-make their economic life to conform to a landscape that allowed “only the slightest margin for negligence, ignorance, or error.”

Ellen F. Davis is the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School.


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