Stewardship vs Dominion and other language questions
- OK Bible scholars and word fiends, I have another thought. It was
perfectly clear as I drove to the gym, but now it's kind of muddled.
One of the ways I enjoy mythopoeic type literature is in the echoes of
familiar religious texts in fiction. It seems to bring a certain kind of
reality to the fantasy, perhaps. For me, familiar texts would include the
Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible, as well as the Books of Common
Prayer of the Episcopal Church, there are I think two from the 20th century
that would fall in this category, as well as some Lutheran texts. Now,
that is just my own little world. Others will have different keys.
So my question, near as I can figure, starts out as something like.... in
some creation accounts, mankind is given stewardship over the earth and its
creatures. That means a positive sort of care-taking, I think. It is
meant to be a balance, not a tyranny. Sort of like the perfect balance of
cherish/obey in some wedding vows, or, oops, I forgot my other example.
I was wondering what some of the other popular texts used here. I am
wondering if "dominion" comes up sometimes as a variant for "stewardship".
IMO "dominion" is more about rulership.
Anyway, I would like to hear thoughts on this wider subject as well,
because there are sooo many translations of sacred texts, and it would seem
to me that that would engender an ever wider pool of possible mythopoeic
Elizabeth Apgar Triano
amor vincit omnia
Of six references to the word "dominion" in Blackwelder's _Tolkien
Thesaurus_, two are to Sauron having dominion, one to the One Ring's
dominion over the Three, one to Old Man Willow's dominion of the forest,
and one to Galadriel assuring Gimli that "gold shall have no dominion" over
That does put a rather sinister cast, doesn't it, over the sixth reference,
which is to the forthcoming Dominion of Men?
Don't even ask about the related "domination", clearly a wholly evil
concept in this context.
- David Bratman