Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Holy Resilience – The Bible's Traumatic Origins - Yale Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Holy Resilience: The Bible's Traumatic Origins

David M. Carr


This book suggests that human trauma gave birth to the Bible. The Bible's 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 a reinterpretation of the Bible's origins, the book 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 religion's resilient nature. The book's analysis demonstrates how many of the central tenets of biblical religion, including monotheism and the ... More

Keywords: human trauma, Bible, suffering, Judaism, Christianity, Christian community, holy scriptures, monotheism, retribution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300204568
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Carr, author
Union Theological Seminary