1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into GCTHS-Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
1a Admission into GDPTHS-Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies
1b Admission into MTHS-Master of Theological Studies
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
THEO3108 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Some prior Old Testaments and New Testament exegesis.
Topic description
This topic explores recent developments in ecological hermeneutics in relation to biblical texts. It seeks to analyse critically the use of the Bible in ecological discourse and to interpret relevant texts of the Bible - including Genesis 1, Psalms 8, Proverbs 8 and Colossians 1 - from the perspective of justice for the earth.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • introduce current scholarly discussion about key concepts of ecological theology
  • critique and develop appropriate hermeneutical principles for interpreting the biblical texts from an ecojustice perspective
  • analyse a selection of key biblical texts in the light of these hermeneutical principles developed
  • appreciate the significance of such a process for the role of the church in ecological matters

Expected learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the topic the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of the work of one or more major writers in the field of ecology and the bible, with a focus on the author's ecojustice principles
  • critically analyse an ecojustice hermeneutic, taking into account the cultural background, literary character and theological focus of a key biblical texts
  • defend their own eco-justice reading of a particular biblical text, both verbally and in writing