Synoptic Gospels

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This chapter discusses ecological interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels. It is noted that, in spite of the importance of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels for Christian ethical thought, this teaching plays a relatively low profile in ecotheology. The role of the kingdom of God in Jesus’ teaching is examined, especially its potential for ecotheology. The kingdom’s apocalyptic worldview, however, is a sticking point. Looking at some of the hermeneutical options, along with a survey of the main Synoptic texts, the chapter suggests a way forward.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Bible and Ecology
EditorsHilary Marlow, Mark Harris
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190606756
ISBN (Print)9780190606732
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press


  • Jesus
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • apocalyptic
  • eschatology
  • cosmic dualism
  • ecological hermeneutics
  • kingdom of God


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