Biblical Perspectives on the Land

Dennis T. Olson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1986

Issue: The Land (Vol. 6, No 1, Winter, 1986)

The thin layer of land which surrounds our earth forms a bridge between life and death, food and famine, the present and the future for the families of the world. Wherever such issues are involved, God is sure to be involved. Thus, we would expect that the Bible has much to say about the land. Until recently, however, the theme of the land in the Bible has been neglected in the disciplines of Old and New Testament theology. In this essay we shall attempt to show that the initial promise made by God to Abraham in Genesis 12 functions as a programmatic summary of the perspectives on the land which are found throughout the Bible.

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