This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, especially the practices of modern industrialized agriculture, in light of critical biblical exegesis. Nine interrelated essays explore the biblical writers' pervasive concern for the care of arable land against the background of the geography, social structures, and religious thought of ancient Israel. This approach consistently brings out neglected aspects of texts, both poetry and prose, that are central to Jewish and Christian traditions. Rather than seeking solutions from the past, Davis creates a conversation between ancient texts and contemporary agrarian writers; thus she provides a fresh perspective from which to view the destructive practices and assumptions that now dominate the global food economy. The biblical exegesis is wide-ranging and sophisticated; the language is literate and accessible to a broad audience.
• The topic of industrialized agriculture and the global food economy has contemporary relevance • The integration of biblical scholarship and new agrarian writing is unique • The scientific discussion is current, balanced and well-documented
Introduction; 1. Rupture and re-membering; 2. Reading the Bible through agrarian eyes; 3. Seeing with God: Israel's poem of creation; 4. Leaving Egypt behind: embracing the wilderness economy; 5. A wholesome materiality: reading Leviticus; 6. Covenantal economics: the biblical case for a local economy; 7. Running on poetry: the agrarian prophets; 8. Wisdom or sloth? The character of work; 9. The faithful city.