Kevin Scott is taking on the job of blogging his way through Ellen Davis's Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture.
So here’s another layer of biblical understanding—the rural agrarian view of many of its writers. For example, one of the recurring complaints of the prophets was the way the central government of Israel tended to exploit the agrarian sector. And this exploitation was interpreted by the prophets as a lack of faithfulness to God. Perhaps there is some modern relevance to this perspective from Scripture.
To assist her in seeing the Hebrew Scriptures from this perspective, Davis does this study “in conversation with” modern agrarian writers—the most prominent of which is Wendell Berry—who can shed more light on the rural agrarian perspective.