Anderson looks at the interpretive problems created when biblical laws concerning women, the poor and strangers are accepted literally among Protestant Christians. Drawing from Ruth and Esther, Jesus and Paul, she proposes rethinking biblical authority in favor of inclusive interpretations and urges Christians to adopt a prophetic Christian identity by creating the beloved community.
Brown’s study of the seven creation texts of the Old Testament presents exquisite biblical interpretation that destabilizes narrow assumptions about biblical creation. What makes the work unique is its deep engagement with contemporary biology and ecological science. The result is a book that calls forth praise, an ethic of responsibility and, of course, wonder.