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'Who is the greatest?': Reading Luke 22: 24-27 ecologically.

Elvey, Anne (2014) 'Who is the greatest?': Reading Luke 22: 24-27 ecologically. Anglican Ecocare Journal, 1 (Spring). pp. 35-48. ISSN 2204-1877

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Ecological communities are more-than-human (other-than-human and human) communities. As such Christian communities are already ecological communities in that they are comprised of humans in relation to many other than human entities (esp. those that sustain our lives and worship for example, and even the bacteria that inhabit our bodies). This article uses the notion of ecological communities as a lens though which to interpret the concept of serving in Luke 22:24–27, within the wider narrative context of Luke-Acts. It offers an ecological reading that appeals to the principle of interconnectedness, the ecological hermeneutic of suspicion, and the ecological texture of the text, the latter with particular reference to habitat and the senses. The article situates the question of greatness and the affirmation of ho diakonon (the one serving) not only as these pertains to inter-human relations, but also, more importantly in relation to the wider ecological communities in which human relations of power are situated.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Luke 22:24-27, ecological hermeneutics, service
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
B - New Testament
College/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: 29 Jun 2015 00:16
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 06:34
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1778

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