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David M. Carr

David Carr

Professor of Old Testament


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Professor David M. Carr received a B.A. in Philosophy from Carleton College in 1980, an M.T.S. from Candler School of Theology in 1983, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University in 1988. Before coming to Union in August 1999, Dr. Carr served as an assistant, associate, and full professor of Old Testament at Methodist Theological School in Ohio from 1988-1999, being awarded the Williams Chair in Biblical Interpretation in 1998. He was the 1993-1994 recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and Association of Theological Schools Young Scholars Theological Fellowship in support of a year-long research project on the shape and formation of Genesis (1993-1994). Starting in 2005, he began serving as the American co-chair of the editorial board for a new International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament. (IECOT).

Professor Carr's book-length publications include From D to Q: A Study of Early Jewish Interpretations of Solomon's Dream at Gibeon (Scholars Press, 1991); Reading the Fractures of Genesis: Historical and Literary Approaches (Westminster, 1996); The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality and the Bible (Oxford, 2003); Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Western Scripture and Literature (Oxford, 2005); (as co-editor) A Gift of God in Due Season: Essays on Scripture and Community in Honor of James A. Sanders, co-edited with Richard D. Weis (Sheffield, England, 1996); and Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010) along with (a briefer version incorporated in) Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts (with Colleen Conway; Oxford: Blackwell, 2010), and The Formation of the Hebrew Bible: A New Reconstruction (New York: Oxford University Press 2011). Dr. Carr's most recent book, Holy Resilience: The Bible's Traumatic Origins (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014) will be released November 25, 2014. It explores ways that both the Old and New Testaments were profoundly shaped by the trauma and survival of ancient Israel and the early church.

Professor Carr's teaching and research interests include the formation and shape of the Bible, sexuality and gender in the Bible, the intersection of historical-critical and literary approaches to the Bible, the emergence of Scripture in the Jewish and Christian traditions, orality and memory, and trauma studies. Biblical books in which Carr has particular expertise include Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah and the Song of Songs. Dr. Carr also lectured at universities throughout the United States and Europe, and he has conducted numerous lectures and workshops for churches, synagogues, and other educational groups.


Selected Publications

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The Formation of the Hebrew Bible: A New Reconstruction. New York: Oxford University Press, projected for publication in 2011.

Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010 and (a briefer version incorporated in) Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts (with Colleen Conway). Oxford: Blackwell, 2010.

Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality and the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

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The Song of Songs in Interreligious Perspective (Spring 2015)

Trauma and the Bible (Spring 2015)

Introduction to the Old Testament (Fall 2014)

Contents of the Old Testament (Fall 2014)

The Arts of Reading: Exegetical Practicum (Fall 2014)



Emory College; Atlanta, Georgia (1976-1977).

Carleton College; Northfield, Minnesota.

B.A. Philosophy; Magna Cum Laude; Granted June, 1980.

Candler School of Theology; Atlanta, Georgia.

Master of Theological Studies; Summa Cum Laude; Granted May, 1983.

Kibbutz SDOT YAM; Ulpan (Hebrew, Winter 1984)

Claremont Graduate School; Claremont, California.

M.A. and Ph.D. in Old Testament; Summa Cum Laude; Granted May, 1988. 

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