The Book of Ezekiel: a help or a hindrance for environmental ethics?

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In this essay, I examine how the book of Ezekiel has been employed or criticized as a resource for environmental ethics, and I explore the hermeneutical strategies behind these efforts. To do this, I make use of David Horrell’s critique and taxonomy of how the Bible has been used to inform attitudes about the environment. I conclude by arguing that while the book of Ezekiel is not as ecologically dangerous as some readers have claimed, neither can it function on its own as a useful tool for constructing an environmental ethic. However, reading Ezekiel as part of a metanarrative generated by a larger scriptural corpus may render its imagery useful as a resource.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
JournalHorizons in Biblical Theology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021


  • Ezekiel
  • Ecotheology
  • Environmental ethics
  • Earth
  • Land


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