If you haven’t discovered The Green Bible yet, you are in for a joyous surprise. This 2008 edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is made unique by its emphasis on ecological and environmental themes. Using the technique we all remember from the red letter versions of the King James translation, The Green Bible editors have made green all the verses in the Old and New Testaments which pertain to the Earth, environment and ecology.
Enhanced with a forward by Desmond Tutu, the edition begins with a series of compelling essays by leaders from different faiths on why and how an ecological reading of scripture is critical for our time. At the end there is a “Green Bible Trail Guide” that identifies ecological themes and approaches for Bible study. This is followed by an extensive green subject index and concordance. Every time I pick it up, I am thrilled and surprised by the newness of familiar passages when read through a green lens. It really is a revelation and a pleasure.
Christians are asked to spend time during Lent in prayer, contemplation and study of our faith and our function in the world. As we watch the unfolding of the climate crisis, resource depletion, soil, water and air pollution, and landscape desecration, it seems not just appropriate but imperative that we all take advantage of this great resource, pick up the green lens and study scripture within the context of our time. As co-creators of our reality, we have an elemental and sacred responsibility to live in love and harmony with all of creation. The Green Bible gives a timely and pointed emphasis to the ancient and holy instructions we are meant to follow in this life.
I hope those of you who already have a copy will make it part of your daily study, and those of you who have yet to discover it will add a copy to your personal library. Read and be inspired.
–Kathy Shea, NCIPL Co-Director
North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light (NCIPL) is a program of the North Carolina Council of Churches. NCIPL works with faith communities to address the causes and consequences of global climate change and promote practical, hope-filled responses through education, outreach, and public policy advocacy. Please visit our website for information on our current programs, campaigns, and events.