My name is David Carr, and I am a professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York, father of four, amateur bike racer and organ player.
I am the author, most recently, of Holy Resilience: The Bible's Traumatic Origins (Yale University Press, 2014; order here), which retells the story of the emergence of the Bible and of Judaism and Christianity as a story of survival of trauma. This book is a culmination of other research that I've done over the last twenty-five years. Use the buttons to the left for more information on Holy Resilience, that research, and links to online lectures that I've prepared on the origins of the Bible, with a focus on the formation of the Torah/Pentateuch.
Videos and Web Articles (click on the links below)
A brief (less than 4 minute) video summary of how the Bible gained its lasting power by being formed in the crucible of suffering.
A 42 minute video interview about Holy Resilience with Robert Wright on Meaningoflife.tv.
An interview with Jonathan Petersen about Holy Resilience on the Bible Gateway blog site.
A review in Marginalia of two important recent works on the formation of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
5 Lessons the Bible Teaches about Trauma for the On Faith Website
Article assembled for the Huffington Post by my students in the Bedford Hills Prison-UTS class -- "Incarcerated Women Reflect on Jesus' Seven Last Words on the Cross"
Bible Odessey article on “The Cry of Abel’s Blood”
Valentines Day and the Bible on the History News Network
A New Years Day piece for Time.com and History News Network on "Are We More Like the Roman Empire Than We Care to Admit?"
Interview about the current state of biblical scholarship on Alan Brill's Book of Doctrines and Opinions.
My Time.com and History News Network piece on the Traumatic Origins of Hanukkah
Huffington Post Op-Ed on Ferguson, Staten Island and Ferguson
An Excerpt from my book on Crucifixion published in Salon.com
A brief video done by Oxford University Press on my views of Bible and some tools they produce
Long and Short Versions of a Video Interview about my Book for Union’s Webpage
A brief blog post on a Writers Site about what I’m reading
Another blog post on the p. 99 test (what is on p. 99 of my book Holy Resilience: The Bible's Traumatic Origins (2014)