About the book
We live among animals. For millions of people, they provide companionship and emotional or physical support. They serve in public safety, and their bodies provide us food. Their very presence fills us with wonder. In the Book of Genesis, they are the first living beings created by God. The rest of Scripture is filled with diverse traditions about animal life and death. In this fascinating book, Jaime Waters surveys the biblical text to help us better understand, articulate, and appreciate the fascinating role of animals in the Bible.
Contemporary culture swirls with interest in, and questions about, other animals. Many of us have pets or are fascinated by documentaries, news reports, and videos about animals. And we wonder: Will my beloved pet go to heaven? Do animals have rights? Should I be a vegan?
As a biblical scholar, Jaime Waters, is aware of how difficult it is to say what the Bible says about a topic. Through the Bible’s large and challenging terrain, Jaime Waters is a wise and friendly guide. She points to the many passages in the Bible that we might use to answer our questions, warns us of interpretive dangers and offers insights. Yet she does this in admirably clear, concise, and accessible language that points to different ways passages can be interpreted and allows the reader to reflect and draw their own conclusions.