by Marjorie Jantzen (introductory article)
in GREEN POWER – June-July 1972 (Jan Jenson’s newsletter in Lincoln, NE)
“And God planted a Garden…”
“Consider the lillies…”
“And Naboth had a vineyard…”
The Bible is rich in references to the plant and mineral life of the ancient Middle East. Gardens were botanical exhibits of shade trees and fruit trees. Fields were seas of wheat, barley, corn and flax. Farms were like the open ranges of America’s Old West where the sheep, goats and cattle followed their owners to the greenest pastures.
Those fields and flocks and herds determined a man’s wealth. They were money in the bank for the country folk of the Fertile Crescent.
The society of the Bible was basically a rural one, the people extracting their living from the soil and keeping their herds and flocks.
In following issues of GREEN POWER “Somewhere East” plans a tour into the rural and simple life of the Bible folk, hoping to show that the Bible is related to our lives in the twentieth (and now 21st) century…