Category Archives: Bible

Friedman-source criticism as key to the Exodus event

I have been reading Richard Elliott Friedman’s just published book, The Exodus: How it Happened and Why it Matters. In it Friedman takes a position in regard to the often-heard claim that the Exodus from Egypt never happened.  What that claim … Continue reading

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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-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- 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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