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The Bible According to Noah: Theology As If Animals Mattered Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Although has buried its last bone, Americans are still as wild as ever about their four-legged furry friends. Several forthcoming titles explore the relationship between spirituality and animals. The Bible According to Noah: Theology As if Animals Mattered takes this potentially fluffy topic to new depths of intellectual inquiry, examining the role of animals in biblical texts and, by extension, contemporary culture. Arguing that "a new appreciation of animals is desperately needed" to rescue Western society from its own antienvironmentalism, Gary Kowalski offers new renditions of familiar biblical stories: God tells humans to "love the earth and preserve it" instead of dominate it; Abraham cannot, in the end, sacrifice an animal; Jonah is rescued by a dolphin and not swallowed by a whale. ( Mar.)
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Although Unitarian minister Kowalski is both vegetarian and antivivisectionist, his newest book is not about deriving support for these ethical teachings from Judeo-Christian scripture. Rather, this is a series of personal meditations on some of the more prominent events in the Hebrew Bible, considering how they relate to our treatment of animals. In the first chapter, Kowalski meditates on the creation narratives of Genesis and touches on our stewardship of the earth. He points out how like us the animals are, as they sing and dance and love as we do. Kowalski continues with chapters on the story of Noah's Ark, the near-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the suffering of Job and his restoration, and, finally, the story of Jonah. Occasionally saccharine and often idiosyncratic in scriptural interpretation, these meditations are nonetheless always intelligent and frequently moving. Recommended especially for public libraries for its appeal to both students and casual readers. James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA
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  • File Size: 1816 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (February 28, 2001)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2001
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030EGAWU
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Reverend Gary Kowalski is the author of bestselling books on animals, nature, history and spirituality. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, his work has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Czech, appeared in periodicals like Tikkun and Yoga Journal, and been voted a "Reader's Favorite" by the Quality Paperback Book Club.

Whether investigating the emotional lives of other species, de-mystifying the faith of America's Founding Fathers, unpacking the Bible or pondering the frontiers of modern physics, Gary's work centers on the connection of spirit and nature ... acknowledging our kinship with each other and with a universe that is passionate, evolving and alive.

To contact Reverend Kowalski, visit his website at

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Gary Kowalski is one of today's wisest and best writers about animal rights, about animals' place in this world and the reasons we should respect them. Animals have always been his teachers. In The Souls of Animals, he admitted that his dog was his "spiritual guide," something not often heard from a man of the cloth. In this new book, Kowalski includes five chapters based on Biblical stories and then explains how they might be changed to better include many creatures' stories and perspectives. At the end of each, he rewrites these stories. He believes this retelling of Biblical stories is essential if we are to turn around some of our truly appalling attitudes toward other creatures and their habitats. The Bible According to Noah contains timely, kind ideas, and is one of the year's most intellectually challenging nonfiction titles.
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I encourage everyone to read this thoughtful, moving, and timely piece which inspired me to look at our world, and our impact on it, with Kowalski's fresh perspective. I grew up going to Sunday School, and have since lost touch with my faith and its relevance to my contemporary reality. This book will help everyone, regardless of their religious or political affiliations, regain perspective & respect of our place among our world's creatures. I have read and reread the passages in this book, in awe of Kowalski's common sense style and appeal.
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Great book! This book was a long time coming and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is about time the world begins to value animals instead of mercilessly killing them (food, sport), exploiting them (circuses, experiments) and abusing them (bull-fighting, rodeos, cruelty)..
The book should be given to children and put on the list of required reading at religious institutions. This was a thought provoking work that should be read by anyone interested in expanding their awareness to include other living beings. The book is a short read and does lack some substance but I gave it 5 stars because of the author's knowledge of the bible and nerve to change passages into verse more respectful toward other creatures.
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Gary Kowalski is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has also written books such as Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, The Souls of Animals, Blessings of the Animals: Celebrating Our Kinship with All Creation, etc.

He wrote in the Prologue to this 2001 book, "This book is called 'The Bible According to Noah' because I want it to have room for the whole menangerie of creation. Mine is a biocentric Bible rather than a human-centered one. People are a part of the narrative, but other creatures are also important characters with major roles to play... My hope is that, when rightly understood and freshly interpreted, the Bible can awaken us to a new sense of appreciation for the gift (and the responsibility) that has been placed into our care." (Pg. 6-7) But he also points out that "even for 'people of the Book,' the Bible is not the only source of our spirituality. The other is the book of Nature, the revelation of the great cosmos itself." (Pg. 18)

He suggests, "Perhaps the only way to save our world is by recognizing that this is not our world at all. Other living beings are not our property. The precept that we possess no title deed to the soil or air or water is prevalent among modern environmentalists, but this also a rule articulated repeatedly in the Bible." (Pg. 28) He observes, "Animals, we are told, were originally created to be 'helpmates' to humankind.
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