Books

Books

The preacher’s wife

In a crucial scene of Marilynne Robinson’s new novel, Lila spends the morning thinking, has lunch, then thinks some more. Why isn’t this boring?

Jesus against the Scribal Elite, by Chris Keith

Chris Keith sets out to answer two questions. What lay at the heart of the conflict between Jesus and some of the religious authorities of his day? And how, if at all, did Jesus read Israel’s scriptures?

True and Holy, by Leo D. Lefebure

Engagement in serious, respectful conversation with other religious traditions is important and urgent. Leo Lefebure details why it’s also difficult.

Doctrine’s many lives

Christine Helmer’s important new book has an unusual literary feature: its titular character is killed off not once, but twice.