Greening the Torah: the use of classical texts in Jewish environmentalist literature Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Gindi, Joseph
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies
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  • In this study I examine how the deployment of Torah texts in the published Jewish environmentalist literature interacts with claims about the nature of Judaism and the environment and the particular practices of eco-Judaisms. Following an historical and theoretical introduction, the second chapter is an examination of the centrality of the charge that Genesis, and by extension all of Judaism, is the source of man's destructive attitude toward nature. I also explore the relationship between creation and nature, and the role of narrative in creating a Jewish environmental ethic. The following chapter is an examination of the use of the rabbinic category of Bal Tashchit (prohibition against wanton destruction) in Jewish environmental discourse. In this chapter I explore the presentation of Bal Tashchit by Jewish environmentalist authors and the relationship between law and narrative in their attempts to construct a Jewish environmental ethos.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Religious Studies."
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  • Boyarin, Jonathan
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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