The Hebrew Bible and Environmental Ethics: Humans, Non-Humans, and the Living Landscape. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
William P. Brown – William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
Katharine J. Dell – University of Cambridge
‘Joerstad’s argument adds another layer of relationships to environmental concerns. She bears witness to the impossibility of loving the North American landscape without loving indigenous peoples. The living landscapes, as she calls our environmental context, are the familial relations of indigenous peoples who have been entrusted with the care of their ancestral home, their natural siblings. To confess sins to nonhuman life should also involve repentance to indigenous life, for the two are one family, each as kin to the other. “This project is an exercise in waiting, in listening to others who have listened to the world.”’
Isaac S. Villegas, Christian Century