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Ethos of the Cosmos : The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible - William P. Brown

Ethos of the Cosmos

The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible

Paperback Published: 16th September 1998
ISBN: 9780802845399
Number Of Pages: 480

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Recent studies of the biblical story of creation try to uncover its roots in ancient Near Eastern myths or its compatibility with modern science and ecology. In contrast, this work by William Brown investigates how the various pictures of creation found in Scripture helped shape the ancient faith community's moral character. Bridging the fields of biblical studies and ethics, this interdisciplinary work demonstrates how certain creation traditions of the Old and New Testaments were developed from the community's moral imagination for the purpose of forming and preserving both Israel's and the early church's identity in the world. Bringing to light insights largely overlooked by modern treatments of biblical ethics and creation, The Ethos of the Cosmos ends by recommending the formative power of creation for the contemporary church.

Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introduction: The Ethos of Creationp. 1
Culture and Ecology in Recent Biblical Scholarshipp. 4
Cosmos and Ethosp. 10
From Antiquity to Modern Science: A Cosmopolitical Samplingp. 12
Rejoining What Has Been Rent Asunderp. 17
The Role of Moral Imagination in Creationp. 19
A Theological Advance: Breaking an Impassep. 23
The Crisis of Culturep. 25
Modus Operandip. 27
It Was Good, It Was Hallowed: Integrity and Differentiation in the Cosmic Sanctuaryp. 35
An Ethos of Orderp. 36
Structure and Sequencep. 37
Role and Relationship: The Stewardship of Creationp. 39
Ethos and Cosmosp. 46
Integrity down for the Countp. 52
Will the Real Chaos Please Rise Up?p. 58
Covenant and Creation from Genesis to Sinaip. 61
Covenant, Creation, and Liberationp. 66
Sinai and Sanctificationp. 71
Tabernacle, Testimony, and Creationp. 73
Cult and Culture, Holiness and Goodnessp. 89
Land and Liminalityp. 91
Of Sin and Sanctity, Creation and Commandp. 95
Israel's Presence in the Landp. 99
The Distinction of Holinessp. 103
Living in Integrityp. 108
An Ethos of Restoration: Identity and Integrationp. 121
Distinction without Exclusionp. 123
Integrity without Inclusionp. 126
"From the Dust of the Ground," from "Bone of My Bones": The Ethos of the Garden Mythos in Genesis 2:4b-3:24p. 133
In the Gardenp. 134
Cultivating the Garden Communityp. 135
Of God, Ground, and Gardeningp. 137
Expulsion from the Gardenp. 144
The Desiccation of Communityp. 145
Encroachment and Expulsionp. 146
The Geo-Ethical Landscapep. 151
Knowledge and Wisdomp. 152
The Breakdown of Communityp. 157
Outside the Gardenp. 163
The Ontology of Violencep. 164
The Descent of Culturep. 170
Noah: Moral Man in Immoral Societyp. 174
Man of the Soilp. 177
Eden's Access Deniedp. 179
Culture Revisited and Relativizedp. 182
The Garden and the Cityp. 184
The Garden and the Gerp. 187
Ethos and Kinshipp. 194
Exodus and Ethosp. 203
Between Chaos and Ethosp. 205
Eden Recultivatedp. 212
The Garden and the Kingdom: The Yahwist's Socioliterary Settingp. 215
The Paradigm of Paradise: Ethos and Ethicsp. 219
"I Am about to Do a New Thing": Yahweh's Victory Garden in Second Isaiahp. 229
Creation's Germinationp. 231
The Fruits of Creation and Communityp. 238
Withering and Flourishing: Isaiah 44:1-5p. 238
The Taxonomy of Community: Isaiah 41:17-20p. 241
The Roots of Royal Gardeningp. 248
The Anti-Garden: Idol Manufacture in Isaiah 44:9-20p. 252
In the Garden: Righteousness and Justicep. 254
The Servant and the Shepherdp. 256
The Contours of the Cultivated Communityp. 259
"Plotting the Resurrection": The Old and the Newp. 264
"Rejoicing in His Inhabited World": Wisdom's Playhouse in Proverbsp. 271
Wisdom's Place and Role in Creationp. 272
The Character of Creationp. 275
Wisdom in Creation: Eyewitness and Playerp. 277
Creation in Contextp. 280
Chaos in Contextp. 286
Chaos of Violencep. 286
Chaos of Strangenessp. 288
Eros and Ethosp. 291
Delight and Disciplinep. 295
Joy and the Art of Community Formationp. 297
The Play of Disciplinep. 300
The Play of Discoursep. 301
The Socioliterary Context: Conflict and Conciliationp. 304
Wisdom at Home: The Ethos of Sophiap. 307
"Fearful" Playp. 309
Integrative Playp. 312
Wisdom's Encompassing Householdp. 313
"Ask the Animals and They Will Teach You": Job's Carnival of Animalsp. 317
The Topography of Patriarchy: The Prologuep. 320
The Dawn of the Dead: Job's First Discoursep. 322
In the Cauldron of Contentionp. 325
Casting the First Stonep. 325
Job the Huntedp. 327
In the Violent Pursuit of Wisdomp. 329
Of Honor, Onagers, and Orphansp. 333
The Oath of Virtuep. 336
Educating Jobp. 337
The Cosmic Communityp. 341
"Ask the Animals and They Will Teach You"p. 350
Representations of the King's Enemiesp. 351
Royal Self-Representationsp. 352
Hunting Expeditionsp. 355
Job in No-Man's-Landp. 360
Job's Commencement: Dignity without Dominionp. 375
From Chaos to Communityp. 377
Conclusion: Cosmos and Ethosp. 381
The Cosmic Sanctuaryp. 385
The Garden Communityp. 388
The Temple Gardenp. 391
Wisdom's Cosmic Domicilep. 393
Job's Wild and Wondrous Wastelandp. 394
Creation and Community in Christp. 396
Toward an Ecology of Communityp. 405
Bibliographyp. 411
Index of Authors and Subjectsp. 437
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 444
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ISBN: 9780802845399
ISBN-10: 0802845398
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 16th September 1998
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.72