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Ecology and Genesis 1:26-28. Anthony Ceresko, OSFS (2002). The Anti-monarchical tradition in Gen 1:26-28. Cereko’s reading “against the grain” Against the common understanding that “ kabash ” and “ radah ” are a language of royal absolute power. The OT bears an anti-monarchical tradition:

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ecology and genesis 1 26 28

Ecology and Genesis 1:26-28

Anthony Ceresko, OSFS (2002)

the anti monarchical tradition in gen 1 26 28
The Anti-monarchical tradition in Gen 1:26-28
  • Cereko’s reading “against the grain”
    • Against the common understanding that

“kabash” and “radah”

are a language of royal absolute power.

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The OT bears an anti-monarchical tradition:
    • Roots: in the origins of Israel
      • Bitter experience of oppression and exploitation of fleeing refugee slaves from Egypt led by Moses and protesting Canaanite peasant farmers.
      • A theory of Norman Gottwald, Tribes of Yahweh (1979)
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Other anti-monarchical texts:
    • Saul’s tragic end
    • David’s sin with Bathsheba
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Solomon’s mistakes
    • Hammas (forced labor)
    • Ol (heavy yoke)
    • He and 1000 wives and concubines
      • Worshipped Chemosh and Molech
  • Kings being condemned is pervasive.
    • Read the irony of the blind and the lame in 2 Sam 5:6-10
    • in the Prophetic literature,
    • also in Wisdom Literature (book of Job)
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This text (Gen 1:26-28) rejects the monarchical model.
  • Note what is being emphasized:
    • Interdependence of all creation
    • Not human power over creation.
    • Solidarity and mutuality with nature.
    • Hence, an “opening toward equality.”
kabash and radah as rebuilding the earth
Kabash and Radah as rebuilding the earth
  • Ceresko’s reading “with the grain”
    • With the common understanding that these two words mean human being subdues the earth.
    • Subdue in the sense of: rebuild, restore, put in order
  • The historical context
    • Critical life just after the exile
    • Poverty, see Nehemiah 5:1-5
    • Lack of clean water see Isaiah 41:17-18
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Genesis 1:26-28 – divine call for human beings to make use of their intelligence and technological ability to:
    • Build and to plant
    • Construct towns and cities, roads and bridges
    • Farm and harvest.