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Ecological Ethics in the Rhetoric Structure of Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Eunwoo Lee 1

1장로회신학대학교

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ABSTRACT

The entire ecosystem is now confronting a serious crisis as a consequence of environmental pollution and ecological destruction. The critics of the Christianity argue that the anthropocentric world view in the Bible brought about environmental crisis. The purpose of this paper is to focus on Genesis 1-2 which, according to the critics of the Bible, justifies evironmental destruction and suppression, and to study the feasibility of their argument. For this purpose, the present writer investigates the rhetoric structure in Genesis 1:1-2:4a and finds symbolic instructions given to maintain the balanced harmony and beauty of the created world. The present writer also attempts to make lexical and exegetical analysis on the verbs as ‘conquer’ and ‘subdue’, which the critics of the Christianity maintain as one of the most environmentally destructive terminologies. The writer stresses the democratic concept of Imago Dei which is given to the human being. The writer examines the ecological meaning in the concept of the Sabbath and dietary culture which is emphasized in Creation story. In conclusion, the writer argues that the contention of Christian critics is resulted from the misunderstanding or deficiency of knowledge on the biblical texts and expressions. At the same time, the writer insists that biblical scholars should make more efforts for ecological Bible reading and meet the demands of the times to preserve the ecosystem.

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