Earth, Wind, and Fire: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Creation

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Liturgical Press, 2004 - 196 pages
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Today's world demands an integrated attitude and vision toward all of life--an approach embraced and enhanced by the contributors to Earth, Wind, and Fire. In this scholarly and passionate work members of the Feminist Hermeneutics Task Force of the Catholic Biblical Association orchestrate an approach to understanding a feminist model of creation that is faithful to biblical tradition and celebrates the rich diversity of all creation. Inviting conversation between Bible and theology, feminist scholars and theologians, the contributing writers explore themes such as the significance of embodiment, the integrity of creation, the interconnectedness of humanity with other creatures, the evolutionary nature of creation, and integral connections between creation and salvation, ecojustice and human liberation. Both detailed and holistic, Earth, Wind, and Fire is a compelling, insightful, and reader-friendly approach to the creative artistry of God.

Chapters and contributors are:

  • Creation, Evolution, Revelation, and Redemption: Connections and Intersections by Carol J. Dempsey, O.P.;
  • The Priestly Creation Narrative: Goodness and Interdependence" by Alice L. Laffey;
  • Everyone Called By My Name: Second Isaiah's Use of the Creation Theme by Joan E. Cook, SC;
  • Wild, Raging Creativity: Job in the Whirlwind by Kathleen M. Connor;
  • Soundings in the New Testament Understandings of Creation by Barbara E. Bowe, RSCJ;
  • Sabbath: the Crown of Creation by Barbara E. Reid, OP;
  • Creation Restored: God's Basileia, the Social Economy, and the Human Good by Tatha Wiley;
  • The Samaritan Woman and Martha as Partners with Jesus in Ministry: Recreation in John 4 and 11 by Judith Schubert, RSM;
  • All Creation Groans in Labor: Paul's Theology of Creation in Romans 8:18-23 by Sheila E. McGinn;
  • Of New Songs and An Open Window; by Mary Ann Donovan, SC;
  • Being a New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) is Being the Body of Christ: Paul and Feminist Scholars in Dialogue by Mary Margaret Pazdan, OP;
  • Creation in the Image of God and Wisdom Christology by Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP;
  • Also includes a Prologue and Epilogue by Carol J. Dempsey, OP, and Mary Margaret Pazdan, OP, a Bibliography, and Indexes.

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Second Isaiahs
Job in the Whirlwind
Soundings in the New Testament Understandings
Sabbath the Crown of Creation
and the Human Good 77
The Samaritan Woman and Martha as Partners with
Pauls Theology
Of New Songs and an Open Window
17 Is Being
Creation in the Image of God and Wisdom Christology
List of Contributors
Subject and Author Index

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Page viii - Is not prayer also a study of truth — a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite ? No man ever prayed heartily, without learning something. But when a faithful thinker, resolute to detach every object from personal relations, and see it in the light of thought, shall, at the same time, kindle science with the fire of the holiest affections, then will God go forth anew into the creation.
Page 4 - Then the man said, This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

About the author (2004)

Carol J. Dempsey, OP is professor of biblical studies at the University of Portland, Oregon, with special expertise in Old Testament and prophets. She holds a PhD in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America, and has authored several books including Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth (Liturgical Press, 2007) and Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict.

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