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A Virtual Seminar on What Scripture Says About the Environment and Why it Matters

April 17th | 9am-11:30am


1. To understand how God, in the biblical text, gives us both authority to wisely steward His good world, as well as the direct responsibility to protect it.

2. For each of us to develop our own personal convictions as to how we can help.

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Watch the news every day and you will hear a lot about global warming, disappearing rain forests, ecological crises, and animal extinction. As Christians, how are we to think about these things? Should we be concerned? Should we get involved? Does the bible give us guidance as to how to respond? Led by Dr. Sandra Richter, (PhD from Harvard in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Hebrew Bible) and Dr. Matt Godshall (Ph.D. in New Testament, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) we will learn together what our responsibility is as Christians to govern, care for and wisely steward God's good world.

You can register for this virtual seminar by clicking below.


Sandra Richter is the Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. Richter earned her PhD from Harvard University’s Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department and her MA in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS and Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Due to her passion for the "real space and time" of the biblical text, she has spent many of those years directing an Israel Studies program focused on historical geography and field archaeology. Richter is best known in the Academy for her work on the Book of Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History. In the Church, she is best known for her work, The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament (IVP 2008) and a number of DVD curriculums stemming from the project (Seedbed and HarperCollins). She has just published Stewards of Eden: What the Scripture has to Say about Environmentalism and Why It Matters (IVP, 2020), and has a curriculum forthcoming on the same with SeminaryNow. Look for her new curriculum on the Book of Psalms in 2021 with HarperCollins, and a commentary on Deuteronomy with Eerdmans.

Matthew is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Theology at William Jessup University. He loves teaching students the biblical storyline that begins with creation and culminates in new creation; and he is passionate about helping students shape their identity and purpose in light of God’s story. Currently, his research, writing, and teaching focus on new creation, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, Theosis, and Environmental Ethics. He also serves on Jessup's Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment. 




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