Answer to Question 4

While there are various rabbinic interpretations to the injunction to have dominion over the animals, I meant question 4 more as one of introspection than as one of interpretation. Nevertheless, I would like to point out, that in the passage, while man is given dominion over the animals, he is only explicitly given plants to eat. (See verse 29). This article goes more in-depth about Jewish green ethics, in a few sources, including ours: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/vogel/judaism.pdf

My only thoughts on the topic are, that, if the Bible gives man power over the animals, then, to quote Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility”.

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