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Is the blockbuster "Noah" pro-animal?

http://jamestabor.com/2014/03/29/bashers-of-the-noah-film-should-re-read-their-bibles/

Here is blogger James Tabor's response to this critique, excerpted from the lengthy review linked above:

The Film is Pro-Animal and Promotes Vegetarianism and Environmentalism
Here I would have to say "guilty as charged"--and thus thoroughly biblical. What few realize is that according to the Bible humans before the Flood were never given permission to hunt, shed blood, or eat the flesh of living creatures. In Genesis 1:29 God says "I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit; they shall be yours for good." It is only after the flood, that permission to "shed blood" and eat meat is given to humans, though it is stipulated that God will hold humans accountable even for the blood of an animal. According to the Rabbis, this means that the life of an animal must be taken without cruelty and with reverence (Genesis 9:3).

Darren Aronofsky [writer/director] portrays the righteous descendants of Seth--through Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, preserving this "peaceable kingdom" of non-violence and harmony with nature, whereas the murderous descendants of Cain had filled the earth with violence and "corrupted its ways upon the earth." God's decision is to destroy humankind "along with the earth" they have corrupted (Genesis 6:12-13). The barren wasteland, and specifically the abandoned strip-mining scene, is a testimony to what humans have made of the "good Earth" that was the original Creator's handiwork.

Noah's family represents the last remnant of hope for humankind's peaceable ideal in which violence toward humans or beasts is quelled and warfare ceases. This is the vision of Isaiah the prophet for the ideal human future--swords beaten into plowshares and the wolf lying with the lamb with none hurting or destroying. In fact Isaiah pictures a time when "slaying an ox" will be considered as weighty a matter as killing a human being (Isaiah 65:25-66:3).

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