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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919

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VAN HEERDEN, Schalk Willem. Shades of Green - or Grey? Towards an Ecological Interpretation of Jonah 4:6-11. Old testam. essays [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.459-477. ISSN 2312-3621.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2017/v30n2a16.

Most scholars who have attempted ecological interpretations of the Jonah narrative regard Jonah 4:6-11, especially the reference to the animals of Nineveh in 4:11, as an obvious starting point for a retrieval of ecological wisdom in the narrative. A notable exception is the Green Bible team, who selected, and printed in green, more than a thousand biblical passages which, in their view, support the aims and principles of creation care, including five passages from the Jonah narrative. However, not a single verse in Jonah ch. 4 is printed in green. A number of scholars indeed argue that no ecological wisdom can be retrieved from the passage under discussion, particularly 4:11, because the reference to animals is made in the context of forthcoming sacrifices from the newly pardoned, grateful Ninevites. Ehud Ben Zvi contends that a double reading of 4:11 is possible. This study argues that the work of Ben Zvi provides an angle from which more nuanced ecological readings of the Jonah narrative can be done.

Palabras clave : ecological hermeneutics; book of Jonah; Jonah 4:6-11; animals; animal sacrifice.

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