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Trauma and the Failure of History: Kings, Lamentations, and the Destruction of Jerusalem
by David Janzen
SBL Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-0-88414-339-0 | Paper: 978-1-62837-227-4 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-338-3
Library of Congress Classification BS1335.52
Dewey Decimal Classification 222.506

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A theoretical and exegetical exploration of trauma in the Hebrew Bible



David Janzen discusses the concepts of history and trauma and contrasts the ways historians and trauma survivors grapple with traumatic events, a contrast embodied in the very different ways the books of Kings and Lamentations react to the destruction of Jerusalem. Janzen’s study warns that explanations in histories will tend to silence the voices of trauma survivors, and it challenges traditional approaches that sometimes portray the explanations of traumatic events in biblical literature as therapeutic for victims.


Features:


  • Exploration of history as a narrative explanation that creates a past readers can recognize to be true

  • Examination of how trauma results in a failure of victims to fully experience or remember traumatic events.

  • A case for why the past is a construction of cultures and historians
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