Jesus for Farmers and Fishers

Justice for All Those Marginalized by Our Food System

Jesus for Farmers and Fishers

Justice for All Those Marginalized by Our Food System

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Available March 30, 2021

Climate disasters, tariff wars, extractive technologies, and deepening debts are plummeting American food producers into what is quickly becoming the most severe farm crisis of the last half-century. Yet we are largely unaware of the plight of those whose hands and hearts toil to sustain us.

Agrarian and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan--the "father of the local food movement"--offers a fresh, imaginative look at the parables of Jesus to bring us into a heart of compassion for those in the food economy hit by this unprecedented crisis. Offering palpable scenes from the Sea of Galilee and the fields, orchards, and feasting tables that surrounded it, Nabhan contrasts the profound ways Jesus interacted with those who were the workers of the field and the fishers of the sea with the events currently occurring in American farm country and fishing harbors.

Tapping the work of Middle Eastern naturalists, environmental historians, archaeologists, and agro-ecologists, Jesus for Farmers and Fishers is sure to catalyze deeper conversations, moral appraisals, and faith-based social actions in each of our faith-land-water communities.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Taste & see. Smell & listen. 
  1: Parables for healing. Hope for sowing. 
  2: What was then is happening again right now. 
  3: Parables have power to move things. 
  4: Determination and dogged attention to detail. 
  5: Seeing the world through the lens of abundance & collaboration. 
  6: Have we done enough for the least of our brothers & sisters? 
  7: What matters is what is right here before us 
  8: What lies "hidden" from us says more about us than the object itself.   
  9: Sometimes we misread unanticipated presences
10:  Fasting/feasting. Hunger/abundance. 
11: The Lamb of God had an affinity for every lamb, ewe & ram 
12: Lost sheep, lost drachmas, with mothers & wives losing out 
13: We all know those who must glean from the left-overs  
14: What do we do when we feel our efforts have been fruitless? 
15: The so-called Last Supper was not his last 
16: What happened to the Sower can happen to you

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • ISBN 9781506465067
  • Format Hardcover
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75
  • Pages 196
  • Publication Date March 30, 2021
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