The study of trauma encompasses the everyday ordeals endured by individuals and the all-too-everyday outrages of war, forced migration, and genocide; it attends to the physical, psychological, and communal impact of trauma; and addresses these in terms of gender, race, and colonialism. This class is designed as a critical investigation of the Bible from the perspective of trauma in which we will both examine accounts of scripture’s “traumatic origins” and practice reading a variety of texts with theories of trauma in mind. While seeking out insights this brings to our understanding of the form and formation of the Bible, our aim is also to promote readings that further recovery (of individuals and communities) and avoid psychological and moral hurt.  

By participating in this class, you will: become conversant with key theories of trauma and resilience; learn to make use of these in the interpretation of scripture.  

The class offers academic credit for MA/MDiv level students and welcomes applications from non-credit participants (auditors).  

The class will meet at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School from 8:30-11:15 am on Wednesdays beginning January 30, 2019 with Dr. Mark Brummitt.

For more information, contact the Admissions office at or 585-340-9500 (toll free: 888-937-3732).