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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.49 X 6.07 X 1.1 (inches)|
Human trauma gave birth to the Bible, suggests eminent religious scholar David Carr. The Bibles ability to speak to suffering is a major reason why the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity have retained their relevance for thousands of years. In his fascinating and provocative reinterpretation of the Bibles origins, the author tells the story of how the Jewish people and Christian community had to adapt to survive multiple catastrophes and how their holy scriptures both reflected and reinforced each religions resilient nature.
Carrs thought-provoking analysis demonstrates how many of the central tenets of biblical religion, including monotheism and the idea of suffering as Gods retribution, are factors that provided Judaism and Christianity with the strength and flexibility to endure in the face of disaster. In addition, the author explains how the Jewish Bible was deeply shaped by the Jewish exile in Babylon, an event that it rarely describes, and how the Christian Bible was likewise shaped by the unspeakable shame of having a crucified savior.
"Taking on the entire Christian canon, David Carr courageously and creatively builds upon his established skill as an interpreter of Scripture to provocatively examine the role of trauma in its creation. His striking interdisciplinary exploration is an important accomplishment."Daniel Smith-Christopher, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles