Do just this: Protect life!

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The text for this reflection (Genesis 2:4b-17) opens the second biblical narrative (Gen 2:4b-3:24) that explains to advocates what is expected of them: to care for the ground from which they were formed (i.e., their origin) and to which they will return (i.e., their destiny), and to value and protect life and living. I therefore call for the protection of life, and for this to be done justly.Life is God’s gift breathed over the ground (land, ’adamah) and its waters, and into human (’adam) and living creatures. Gen 2:4b-17 is part of a narrative that serves the same functions as the myths of origin found in all cultures: they help people sense who they are, how and why they think, value, desire and act in the ways they do.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGod of Life
Subtitle of host publicationBible Studies for Peace and Justice
EditorsJooseop Keum
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherWorld Council of Churches
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9782825416044
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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