Four Aspects of How Land is Perceived in the Bible

Saturday, 1 January 2011

An excerpt from “Land Sunday,” in The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary. Ed. by N. Habel, D. Rhoads, H. Santmire (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011), pp 83-99.


Most contemporary North Americans have been socialized to see and value the earthy terrain around them in terms of private possession, economic exploitation, and commodification. But in stark contrast to the cosmology of modernity, the Bible does not understood land as “real estate”—ever. Instead, we can identify at least four major characteristics of land in the biblical tradition: as mother of life; as abundant sustainer of living beings; as altar for worship of the Creator; and as home place.

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