Supposing him to be the Gardener: Reading John’s Gospel from an Ecological Perspective

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Wednesday 21 March
6.30pm for 7pm start
Room 9, West Downs, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5HT

This talk will be given by Dr Margaret Daly-Denton.

“I will be presenting some of the discoveries I made when writing my recent book, John. An Earth Bible Commentary: Supposing Him to be the Gardener (London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2017. I found that John’s Gospel can powerfully motivate and resource a Christian response to the ecological crisis.

The title suggests how aptly Mary Magdalene recognized the risen Jesus as ‘the gardener’ (John 20.15), completing his day’s work in the ‘garden’ of the Earth. When read from an ecological perspective, the Johannine story of Jesus can offer his present day followers a paradigm with considerable potential to inspire Earth care, sustainable living and commitment to eco-justice.

The Fourth Evangelist believes that Jesus fulfils the Jewish hope for a restoration envisaged as a return to Eden. Keeping this theme continually in mind, we can read the gospel with sensitivity to the role of the more-than-human world in the narrative and with particular attention to the scriptural underlay that repeatedly brings this world into the foreground. Each chapter concludes by asking how believers might do God’s work (John 6.28) in today’s ecologically damaged world and by offering practical suggestions indicative of the reflection that readers of the commentary will be able to do in their own setting.”

Margaret Daly-Denton's early career as a liturgical musician and an internationally published church composer led her to become a biblical scholar. She has recently retired from teaching New Testament at Trinity College Dublin.

Tea/coffee provided.

This event is from the Institute for Theological Partnerships. For more information about the Institute, click here 

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