Monthly Archives: November 2017

Carr-final observations

I am finishing up David M. Carr’s Holy Resilience today. My first observation is that there are reasons to think his understanding of trauma in early Christian experience is too one-dimensional.  He emphasizes what he sees as the trauma of … Continue reading

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Carr-survival after the Jewish War

We have been reading through David M. Carr’s Holy Resilience, where he highlights the role trauma has played in Jewish and Christian history. Two more traumas mark the start of a new era for Judaism and Christianity.  The main one … Continue reading

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Carr-Paul, trauma, and zeal

David M. Carr in Holy Resilience treats Paul as the traumatized apostle. Some of his points do not convince me. He tries to suggest that Paul’s christiopanies (appearances of Christ and visions)were trauma-related. He points especially to the vision recounted … Continue reading

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Carr-trauma, atonement, and the Jesus Jews

David M. Carr, who wrote Holy Resilience, is a Christian.  More specifically he is a Quaker.  You might like to know that as we turn to the part of his book that looks at how early Christianity dealt with trauma. … Continue reading

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Carr- the crystalization of the Bible

I am blogging about David M. Carr’s book, Holy Resilience. Carr says that the Hasmonean monarchy . . .though it only existed for a few decades–was the only Jewish institution of the time with the power to enforce the selection … Continue reading

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Carr-Ezra, puritanism, and resilience

Today I am talking about another chapter of David M. Carr’s Holy Resilience.  His topic is the return from exile and he is looking at it with modern Trauma Theory in mind. The Persians allowed Judean exiles to return to … Continue reading

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Carr-survivors guilt and traumatic chosenness

I was going to post yesterday but didn’t because my DSL went out for a while.   Today is Veterans Day in America and Armistice Day in Europe, so this post is more appropriate for today anyway. One factor in some … Continue reading

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Carr-a voice of comfort

I am continuing to write about David M. Carr’s book, Holy Resilience, where he applies Trauma Theory to the formation of the Bible. Trauma for Judah resulted from the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army and the leveling of … Continue reading

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Carr-Ezekiel and the trauma of exile

The prophet Ezekiel was not normal.  One of my Hebrew Bible professors said that modern psychologists would have a field day with Ezekiel’s personality disorders. Even though I generally think we should not even try to speculate about the psychology … Continue reading

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Carr-Judah’s survival

David M. Carr in Holy Resilience, having dealt with the traumatic conquest of Northern Israel by the Assyrians, moves on to what happened in the south, especially in Jerusalem. They avoided trauma of complete conquest.  King Hezekiah apparently welcomed large … Continue reading

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