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 the Temple and other public buildings after a two-year blockade involving deprivation and death. It further resulted from the dislocation of people uprooted from Jerusalem and forced to live as displaced persons in Babylon.
Besides Ezekiel’s personification of trauma, other literature also reflects this. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, stayed in Jerusalem and then joined refugees in Egypt. But his oracles reflect both national and personal tragedy. The Book of Lamentations puts into poetry the despair of the “daughter of Zion” who weeps over the desolation of Jerusalem and the death of her children.
These writings are not very hopeful and they do what many traumatized people do. They blame…
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