What is it about?
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus instructs his audience to consider the birds of the air. This article follows those instructions, considering the lives and agricultural impacts of sparrows in conversation with this passage. Doing so provides insight into areas of Christian reflection ranging from biblical interpretation to environmental activism.
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Why is it important?
Biblical interpretation frequently marginalizes non-human characters in narratives, despite the fact that the original authors and audiences of these texts would have been more attuned to these characters than are modern interpreters. Ecomimetic interpretation (identifying with such non-human characters) helps to correct this marginalization and shed light on interpretive difficulties.
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This page is a summary of: Ecomimetic Interpretation: Ascertainment, Identification, and Dialogue in Matthew 6:25–34, Biblical Interpretation, October 2020, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15685152-00284p07.
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