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Rethinking Neighbour Love: A Conversation between Political Theology and Ecological Ethics

Elvey, Anne (2013) Rethinking Neighbour Love: A Conversation between Political Theology and Ecological Ethics. In: Where the Wild Ox Roams: Biblical Essays in Honour of Norman C. Habel. Hebrew Bible Monographs (59). Sheffield Phoenix, Sheffield, pp. 58-75,. ISBN 978-1-907534-86-7

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    Abstract

    Departing from ecological uses of the notion of neighbour that simply extend the idea of neighbour love to other than human creatures, the chapter offers a reading of the parable of the Good Samaritan that builds on ongoing work in ecomaterialist hermeneutics. The focus is on the senses as a mode of engagement between texts, bodies and matter, as the underlying “stuff” of the text. In the introduction to the parable, the materiality of the text is evoked in the question: how do you read? Reading is a corporeal mediation between the eyes, the ears, the mouth, the voice, the breath and the material text which can be imagined as a visible voice. In the parable itself, where sight is a primary sense, the neighbour also becomes a visible voice through which the reader/hearer is asked to imagine themselves otherwise. The chapter sets up a conversation between a reading of the parable and critical theory on neighbour love in the context of a political theology, notably the work of Eric Santner, to suggest a revisioning of neighbour love as a critical intervention in destructive cultural and social patterns, such as those exacerbating anthropogenic climate change.

    Item Type: Book Chapters
    Repository Version: Proofs
    Keywords (separated by commas): ecological materialism; Gospel of Luke; ecological hermeneutics; neighbour love; political theology
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950403 Environmental Ethics
    C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
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    Depositing User: Dr Anne F. Elvey
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 15:06
    Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 15:06
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1320

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