Monthly Archives: October 2017

Carr-Hosea and trauma

David M. Carr, in Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins begins his discussion of trauma and the Hebrew Bible with Hosea.  The traumatic Assyrian conquest of the Northern Kingdom is the context.  He describes how Assyrian texts and pictures show … Continue reading

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Carr-pretraumatic literature

My current reading project is David M. Carr’s Holy Resilience.  His intention is to apply modern trauma studies to the Bible in the hope of shedding new light on how these scriptures came about and how they provide help to … Continue reading

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Carr-a story shaped by trauma

As I understand it, trauma is an overwhelming, haunting experience of disaster so explosive in its impact that it cannot be directly encountered and influences the individual/group’s behavior in indirect ways. This is David M. Carr’s definition of trauma in … Continue reading

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David M. Carr-Trauma Theory

It has been a bit of a struggle to decide on my next reading project.  The reason is that are so many options. I have decided to read Holy Resilience: the Bible’s Troubled Origins by David M. Carr. I read Carr’s Writing … Continue reading

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update-A skeptical approach to the Luwian inscription

Yesterday I posted about the potentially revolutionary translation of an old inscription in the ancient Luwian language and script.  I said that there would likely be skeptics. Then I found this article. The skepticism expressed there is about the third … Continue reading

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Not quite Indiana Jones, but really exciting stuff

I have written before about the Bronze Age Collapse.  The political structure, civilization, and trading system of the Eastern Mediterranean seem to have just suddenly cracked up a little after -1200.  The Sea Peoples had some role in this.  But … Continue reading

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God in the east

Avraham Faust has a short article in the current (November/December 2017) issue of Biblical Archaeology Review entitled “Archaeology, Israelite Cosmology and the Bible”. We have found that homes, buildings, and city gates in ancient Israel had an eastern orientation, if … Continue reading

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