Ecological Hermeneutics


Ecological crisis, undoubtedly, is one of the main challenges that humanity has to deal with in the last decades. In the context of the critical discussion regarding its roots, biblical scholars have turned to the biblical text and its interpretation through the ages, searching for possible misinterpretations that supported ideologically the environmental exploitation and degradation. They also developed various methodological models for reading the biblical text from an ecological perspective. In light of the pressing global ecological crisis, we would like to continue the critical development of ecological hermeneutics in the Bible and early Christian literatures. The workshop aims:

to provide an overview of current methodological trends in ecological hermeneutics in the biblical field;

to cover unchartered biblical and other early Christian texts;

to encourage the ecological readings of the aforementioned texts from the perspectives of various stakeholders among biblical scholars from all over the world;

to test the applicability of various hermeneutical models on especially “difficult” biblical texts like, for example, those with apocalyptic visions or radical eschatological message.


Ma. Marilou S. Ibita, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Ma. Maricel S. Ibita, St. Vincent School of Theology, Philippines

Ekaterini Tsalampouni, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Leuven 2016

Admittedly, ecological concerns have gradually occupied an important place in public discussions worldwide from the mid-20th century onwards. Within the context of the critical discussion of the ecological challenge, biblical scholars have focused on the re-interpretation of the biblical texts that speak about creation and humanity’s relationship with it and they have proposed hermeneutical models and methodologies of reading the texts from an ecological perspective. The present workshop intends to discuss these models and methodologies critically and to explore new models and approaches and apply them to various biblical and early Christian texts. In so doing, the workshop aims to propose fresh readings of texts that could contribute to the eco-theological debate as well as to the wider discussion of biblical hermeneutics. The 2016 workshop will consist of two sessions: a) a session of invited speakers where methodological issues will be addressed and new models will be proposed and b) an open session where papers that focus on an ecological reading of particular texts with critical attention to methodologies are presented and discussed.

The Annual Conference 2021
takes place 2-5 August
in Wuppertal. Read more.