The Bible and Animal Theology

David Clough* (Corresponding Author)

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Attention to the place of animals in the Bible has been significant in provoking new Christian theological understandings of the place of animals. Theologians bringing the question of the animal to biblical texts have found a wide range of resources for discussing Christian belief about animals, with significant implications for Christian ethics. This article provides a survey of key themes and texts at the interface between the Bible and animal theology, including biblical understandings of animal life, the relationship between human and non-human animals, the place of animals in visions of redemption, and biblical accounts of human responsibilities for other animals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Bible and Ecology
EditorsHilary Marlow, Mark Harris
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford Univerity Press; Oxford
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0190606738
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Christian ethics
  • Bible
  • animals
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • theology
  • meat consumption


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