The Natural Bible
Encyclopedia of Judaism and the Environment
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For anyone interested in Bible study, nature, the environment or religion, this unique and valuable resource elucidates the connections between the Bible and the natural world.
This volume explores how religious environmental values can help us have a healthier relationship with the earth, and at the same time, how an appreciation of the natural environment enriches our understanding of the biblical text’s use of metaphors from the natural world.
Topics include sustainability and stewardship, our relationship with living creatures and God’s creation, and environmental justice. Essays on water, plants and animals explore symbols from the world of nature, and how the Jewish calendar and holiday cycle are linked to the climate and land of Israel.
This book includes a guide to the many plants and trees of the Bible. Perfect for Bible study groups, teaching Jewish ideas or holidays, preparing Torah study or writing a d’var Torah, or encountering an unfamiliar biblical plant (whether on a hike in Israel or reading the weekly Torah portion).
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The Natural Bible
This brand new IBook is wondrously unique in that it brings together a myriad of Jewish sources on the world of nature, profound insights and lessons from both nature and Jewish values, and all of the technical advantages in sound and vision of this electronic format. If you care about the environment and you wish to see how the many faces of Jewish texts and values view environmental issues, this book is for you. If you simply want to learn about the flora and fauna of the Hebrew Bible, this is where to start. If you prefer a pluralistic approach to all kinds of Jewish learning (and a few choice non-Jewish selections), you will be comfortable with the breadth of scholarship and research that Baruch Sienna put into this work. And if you prefer a more narrow view of Jewish sources, read this book and be challenged!!
Indeed, this book challenges all humans to take seriously the rabbinic notion that we are God's partners in the ongoing creation of the world - first by learning more about the natural world and then by taking responsibility for its growth and maintenance.
I wrote this review in February and gave this iBook a five star rating, but it came out as a two star rating. Please correct my rating.
Dr. Seymour Epstein (Epi) February 4/13.
Bet you didn’t know...
That Judaism was the original environmental religion! I loved this book, for its learning and erudition, and for its adaption to the modern iPad medium. It tells you everything you about the bible and Jewish values toward the environment, and our stewardship of the earth. Wonder what that Hebrew phrase means—click! and there it is. Want to understand more about a term or concept, same thing. A wonderful learning experience. Also covers plants and foods and how they play out in the Torah. In addition, it’s beautifully written and accessible to all levels of learning. Mazel Tov to Baruch Sienna for this important contribution to green understanding not just Jewish but to the entire Judeo-Christian inheritance.