edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
contributions by Arthur Green, Mark X. Jacobs, Edward K. Kaplan, Barry S. Kogan, David Kraemer, Jon D. Levenson, Shaul Magid, David Novak, Shalom Rosenberg, Elion Schwartz, Tsvi Blanchard, Moshe Sokol, Elliot R. Wolfson, Eliezer Diamond, Evan Eisenberg, Michael Fishbane, Stephen A. Geller, Jerome Gellman, Neil Gillman and Lenn E. Goodman
Harvard University Press, 2002
Paper: 978-0-945454-36-6 | Cloth: 978-0-945454-35-9
Library of Congress Classification BM538.H85J85 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 296.38


Jewish ecological discourse has shown that Judaism harbors deep concern for the well-being of the natural world. However, the movement has not articulated a Jewish theology of nature, nor has it submitted the sources of Judaism to a systematic, philosophical examination.

This volume intends to contribute to the nascent discourse on Judaism and ecology by clarifying diverse conceptions of nature in Jewish thought and by using the insights of Judaism to formulate a constructive Jewish theology of nature. The twenty-one contributors consider the Bible and rabbinic literature, examine the relationship between the doctrine of creation and the doctrine of revelation in the context of natural law, and wrestle with questions of nature and morality. They look at nature in the Jewish mystical tradition, and they face the challenges to Jewish environmental activism caused by the tension between the secular nature of the environmental discourse and Jewish religious commitments.