Resilience in a Time of COVID-19 – Three Biblical Models
Plague, Uncleanness and Indigestion
It is perhaps timely that one of busiest fields of biblical criticism in recent years has been the employment of trauma theory as interpretive lens. Happily, biblical scholars have not been entirely unprepared for responding to COVID-19 with resources from within the tradition. Further, interest in the concept of ‘resilience’ as an offshoot of trauma theory has been growing, and I have been working in this field, as well as with trauma theory more generally, now for some years (Warner, 2020; Warner et al., 2020). In this trauma-focused work, scholars are mostly concerned with identifying how, and to what extent, the experience of trauma impacted upon biblical writing. Some, however, are concerned with how an awareness of the impact of trauma upon our Scriptures may help to inform public and pastoral theologians in adapting biblical models for application today.