David M. Carr, MTS, MA, PhD

Professor of Hebrew Bible


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); The Formation of the Hebrew Bible: A New Reconstruction (New York: Oxford University Press 2011); Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014); The Formation of Genesis 1-11: Biblical and Other Precursors (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020); Genesis 1-11: A Commentary (in the International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament series; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2021) and completely revised second editions of the above-listed textbooks: The Hebrew Bible: A Contemporary Introduction to the Christian Old Testament and Jewish Tanakh (Wiley Blackwell, 2021) and (with Colleen Conway) A Contemporary Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts (Wiley Blackwell, 2021). Currently, Professor Carr is engaged in ongoing research linking the field of animal studies to interpretation of the Bible and exploration of how models for the formation and early use of the Bible could be informed by an interdisciplinary ‘scroll approach’ drawing on scroll research in Egyptology, Qumran Studies, Classics and other areas.

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, trauma and animal 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.

Video interviews, teaching resources and other information can be found at Professor Carr’s professional webpage: www.davidmcarr.com.

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The Bible Beyond Humans: The Bible & Animal Others with Dr. David Carr


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