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Green Christians and Jews

Published 18th November 2009 - 8 comments - 793 views -

Leviticus: The Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you — for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker and temporary resident who lives among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten."

Leviticus 25

Category: Sustainable Development, | Tags: faith, hope, charity,


Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 18th November 2009:

What’s your point?

Eamonn Fitzgerald on 18th November 2009:

My point is that a philosophy that places emphasis on the care of the planet’s resources is not new; is not the property of any one belief system or, for that matter, unique to a secular, modern belief system. That’s my point.

Benno Hansen on 18th November 2009:

A reply to Green Muslims?

Those old dusty books are full of handy advises - such as this one to let fields be fallow every now and then - that are just disguised as “commands from above”. Outdated and of historical interest only.

Eamonn Fitzgerald on 18th November 2009:

Benno, indeed, those “old dusty books” do contain many inconsistencies and they are filled with idiosyncratic notions that appear absurd to the 21st-century mind, but I wonder how many people will be reading Al Gore’s texts or the IPCC reports, and taking consolation from them, 2,000 years from now? A million, a billion, three billion?

Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 18th November 2009:

I agree smile Religious texts should be read with a religious mind. If you try to interpret them literraly you get bad results. And Al Gore is nothing you read for comforting your sole. Which doesn’t mean that he is not worth reading. There are different kinds of texts for different uses.

Oscar on 19th November 2009:

Its great advice…the so-called weeds(“Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you”) that would grow(there were no herbicides in moses’ day) would be just as or more nutritious than crops…and soil benefits greatly from such ‘fallow’ periods.

Benno what did you learn in horticulture school?  Have you ever worked on an actual farm or grown your own vegetables?

Sure the bible is full of bullcrap, but there is much wisdom in it as well, you should not disregard the wisdom within it just because you don’t like jews or christians.

Benno Hansen on 19th November 2009:


I have nothing particular against religious people. It’s silly but as long as they take it easy I’m leaving them alone - Muslims, Christians, Jews… Hinus, whatever! I did recognize the good advise, thank you. Thought it was obvious in my comment. Stop trying to portray me as some anti-Jew, anti-Christian, thank you.

Oscar on 20th November 2009:

Well Benno you said it was “Outdated and of historical interest only.”
Not so.
A fallow field needs no watering or ploughing..think of the environmental benefits…are you unaware of the impact agriculture has on the environment?

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