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By David M. Carr

Human trauma gave beginning to the Bible, indicates eminent spiritual student David Carr. The Bible’s skill to talk to affliction is an important this is because the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity have retained their relevance for hundreds of thousands of years. In his attention-grabbing and provocative reinterpretation of the Bible’s origins, the writer tells the tale of ways the Jewish humans and Christian neighborhood needed to adapt to outlive a number of catastrophes and the way their holy scriptures either mirrored and bolstered each one religion’s resilient nature.
 
Carr’s thought-provoking research demonstrates what number of the important tenets of biblical faith, together with monotheism and the assumption of discomfort as God’s retribution, are components that supplied Judaism and Christianity with the energy and suppleness to undergo within the face of catastrophe. additionally, the writer explains how the Jewish Bible was once deeply formed through the Jewish exile in Babylon, an occasion that it hardly ever describes, and the way the Christian Bible used to be likewise formed by way of the unspeakable disgrace of getting a crucified savior.

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Indeed, central aspects of the Christian tradition, including the very name Christian, owe their origins to the suffering of early Jesus followers as they spread their form of monotheism across the Roman Empire. Western culture inherits this monotheistic legacy, even parts of Western culture that are relentlessly secular. For the core innovation of ancient monotheism was not some kind of pure belief in only one God, but the rejection of other gods. Ancient Israel came to be distinguished from its neighbors by an increasingly disenchanted world, where a person was expected to worship only the national God (a deity called Yahweh, but translated as Lord in most English translations).

It is around the lived world that the texts of authorization revolve as lesser satellites, although a Ptolemaic imagination believes otherwise. —DOW EDGERTON, The Passion of Interpretation CONTENTS PREFACE INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE Israel, Judah, and the Birth of Scripture CHAPTER TWO The Birth of Monotheism CHAPTER THREE Judah’s Survival CHAPTER FOUR Jerusalem’s Destruction and Babylonian Exile CHAPTER FIVE Abraham and Exile CHAPTER SIX The Story of Moses CHAPTER SEVEN The Return Home CHAPTER EIGHT Traumatic Crystallization of Scripture CHAPTER NINE Christianity’s Founding Trauma CHAPTER TEN The Traumatized Apostle CHAPTER ELEVEN The Traumatic Origins of Judaism and Christianity CHAPTER TWELVE The Posttraumatic Gospel EPILOGUE APPENDIX Contemporary Study of Trauma and Ancient Trauma NOTES LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ON BIBLE AND TRAUMA ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INDEX PREFACE I OFFER THIS BOOK as a synthesis of research on the Bible and an experiment in supplementing such scholarship with research on trauma and memory.

Though God is present, the focus in these texts is not on God’s history with Israel. Instead, these texts educate students about social life, the structure of the cosmos, and the role of kingship in it. In addition, such educational texts were a “Bible” or “scripture” in only the most qualified of senses. ” Rather, they were remarkably “secular” from a modern perspective. These ancient texts form the first written part, a nontraumatic part, of the Old Testament. THE OTHER PRETRAUMATIC CORE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT The Old Testament, however, contains another block of pretraumatic scriptures.

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