David M. Carr

Professor of Old Testament


3041 Broadway, BT 701
New York, NY 10027


B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Carleton College, 1980
M.T.S., Summa Cum Laude, Candler School of Theology, 1983
M.A., Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, Claremont Graduate School, 1988

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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) explores ways that both the Old and New Testaments were profoundly shaped by the trauma and survival of ancient Israel and the early church. He is currently finishing a book-length study of the formation of the primeval history in Genesis as part of a commentary on Genesis 1-11 for the International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (Kohlhammer).

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.



Introduction to the Old Testament (Fall 2016)
Contents of the Old Testament (Fall 2016)
The Arts of Reading: Exegetical Practicum (Fall 2017)
Intermediate Hebrew (Fall 2017)
The Song of Songs and Its Readings in Interreligious Perspective (Spring 2018)
Intermediate Hebrew II (Spring 2018)

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