What if the primary shape of the Bible came out of traumatic events? This is the theory Dr. David Carr poses in the Round Table Talk titled Trauma and Biblical Origin. After the year+ we have all lived through with the global pandemic, it might be good to think through the ways trauma shapes our lives. And if we follow Dr. Carr's proposal, we may gain new insight into the shape and heart of the Bible.
Dr. David M. Carr
(Union Theological Seminary, New York) is a leading scholar on the textual formation of the Hebrew Bible. His books include: Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins
; The Formation of the Hebrew Bible: A New Reconstruction
; and The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Bible
. In this profound conversation with Dr. Yeshaya Gruber of the Israel Bible Center, Prof. Carr explains the role of personal and communal trauma in the composition of the Bible and describes the place of academic study in enabling us to decipher ancient messages today.
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