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1. Biblical Data

The biblical texts present no unitary view of animals. We find the motif of human peace with animals, as well as the recognition that animals have been tamed but also destroyed and killed, and that animals destroy and kill one another.

1.1. In the OT the evaluation of animals includes the understanding (1) that they are creatures of God and thereby human partners (Gen. 1:20–28; 2:18–20) and (2) that they have their essential significance in the covenant God made with his creatio…

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Starke, Ekkehard, “Animals”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A313>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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