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Hyland, an evangelical Christian minister active in prison ministry, migrant farmworker rights, female equality issues, and animal rights, attempts to locate animal-rights thinking in the Bible and thereby justify the animal rights movement to Bible-believing Christians. She contends that the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and Hosea) opposed not only religious formalism but also specifically the animal sacrifice of the Temple cult. She asserts that the pre-Fall Edenic images of Genesis and the Peaceable Kingdom vision of Isaiah 11:4-9 represent God's Kingdom as it was, will be, and ought to be now. None of God's creatures is carnivorous by nature; sin brought meat-eating into Eden and caused the widespread cult of animal sacrifice. Hyland necessarily struggles against St. Paul's view of Jesus' crucifixion as an atoning sacrifice, for the sacrificial death of Jesus implicitly justifies animal sacrifices. Her tone is often preachy and hostile toward most scholars who find little concern with animal rights in scripture. These scholars, however, are correct; the Bible just does not concern itself with the humane treatment of animals. Thus, while her writing is clear, her conclusions are not compelling. Recommended for academic or large public libraries with substantial collections in religion.DJames F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA
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...tells the intriguing story of the progressive unfolding and understanding of God's revelation about animals. -- Richard Alan Young, author

Books like God's Covenant with Animals bring the peaceable kingdom one step closer to earth. -- Rev. Gary Kowalski

She speaks with great authority, combining scholarship and passion with a prophetic voice. -- Stephen H. Webb, author

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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books; 1 edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930051158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930051157
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on May 20, 2002
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People who have obtained their opinions from the Bible have told me such things as, "Animals were put on the earth for humans to use," or "Animal don't have souls, and they don't go to heaven." It is refreshing to read Reverend J. R. Hyland's positive, well-researched book about God's love, respect and concern for animals and how they should be treated. Reverend Hyland sheds light on such atrocities as animal sacrifices and animal slaughter and how God did not want these sacrifices and meant for all animals, both nonhuman and human, to be vegetarians. He claims that carnivorous eating is in direct contradiction to the Bible. "God said unto them...have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, `Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.' (Gen. 1:28-29) "The restriction to a vegetarian diet as the only legitimate form of food was the standard to which all of earth's creatures had been held from the beginning of time. But during the millennia that had passed since then, human beings had become conditioned-and adapted-to a much lower form of life. Noah and his family, like the people among whom they lived, had become carnivorous." Reverend Hyland also shows how humans have altered the meaning of parts of the Bible. For example, he explains that "the Book of Genesis plainly states that animals, like humans, were created as nefesh chaya: living souls. (Gen. 1:21,30) Scholars have obscured this fact by translating the same words differently. When applied to Adam, nefesh chaya reads "living soul." (Gen.Read more ›
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2000
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For any Christian, God's Covenant with Animals will open passages of the Bible in new ways. Particularly striking (and somewhat disturbing) is the overview of animal sacrifice in the Old Testament and how the ripples of that terror reach us today. For anyone interested in the well being of animals, but not belonging to the Christian faith, this work will still give insight into Western thinking and philosophy on the role and treatment of animals. Ultimately, after reading God's Covenant with the Animals, no one will be able to deny that what affects any part of creation, affects the rest. The interconnectedness of life, all life, is sacred.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KET on September 5, 2005
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It is such a relief to know that at least a few other human beings are tuned into to God's will for his creatures. All of his creatures, and not just the human ones. Strong biblical arguments against the human exploitation of animals.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By St.Matthew on November 15, 2005
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If you're looking for a single book to answer all questions you may have on animal theology, this probably isn't it. Such a book does not exist (trust me, I've looked). However, if you're interested in a Christian perspective of animal ethics or animal mercy, J. R. Hyland gives the perfect starting point. My only other complaint is that the author uses different bible versions to back his claims, using different translations to make different arguments sound more convincing. Still, the information is valid and I recommend the book to any Christian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 26, 2012
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Janet Regina Hyland (1933-2007) was an ordained evangelical minister who founded the pro-animal Viatoris Ministries, which published a bimonthly magazine, Humane Religion. This 2000 book was previously published under the title, The Slaughter of Terrified Beasts: A Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of Animals. She also wrote Sexism is a sin: The biblical basis of female equality.

She states in the first chapter, "the Latter Prophets condemned animal sacrifice. In so doing these prophets were reiterating the ancient knowledge found in Genesis: Animals were created in love and goodness, just as human beings had been. And humans were ordained to be the loving caretakers of animals, not their cruel abusers." (Pg. 5) She added, "The call for rejection of animal sacrifice was also the call for a religion marked by social justice. Ceremonies, sacrifices, and religious feast days were not pleasing to the Lord. The relief of the sufferings of the helpless and the oppressed constituted the true worship of God." (Pg. 10) Later, she adds, "the prophets let the people know that it was time for the world to once again reflect the qualities that God had ordained at the Creation---love, compassion, and mercy for all creatures." (Pg. 14)

After quoting Genesis 9:2-3, she argues, "human chauvinism has prompted scholars to claim that it constitutes God's blessing on man turned carnivore. But the passage does not signify divine approval of what has taken place. It is not approval---it is acceptance of what has already happened...
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The author makes a logical argument as to why humans should give consideration to the idea that animals are on par spiritually with humans and why we should treat them with respect and compassion just as we would with our fellow humans. Although I am an animal activist, the biblical examples he expounded on were ones I had never heard put forth, just as I'm sure 99.9% of the rest of the world has not. They are worth considering, and this book is very much worth the read if one wants to argue the idea of man's "dominion" over the animals.
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