Laura Duhan-Kaplan is a professor and scholar in interreligious studies, Jewish studies, and philosophy at the Vancouver School of Theology and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also a rabbi emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue. In her book, Mouth of the Donkey, she draws upon these disciplines as well as biology, the Kabbalah, rabbinic midrash, Indigenous wisdom, and her own personal experiences to reflect upon certain animals found in the Hebrew Scriptures: sheep, donkeys, crows, ravens, doves, snakes, eagles, locust, lambs, and wolves. She discusses how we can understand the stories in which they appear and asks relevant questions of what they can teach us about ecology, spirituality, and ethics. Her underlying thesis is that the scripture stories in which these animals are found were originally oral stories, ancient oral stories that belonged to specific groups of people. “Thus, they spoke to specific audiences about familiar...

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