Take & read: New Testament

Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle: Living Fully, Loving Dangerously, by Kent Annan. Annan's account of the work he and Shelly Satran have carried out in Haiti is not technically a work of biblical studies. It is, nevertheless, a riveting account of what it means for one deeply committed couple to attempt to follow Jesus. Nothing moralistic or smug is being dished out here, just honest reflection on trying to live the gospel in a world of intense deprivation and danger.

Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies, by Jennifer A. Glancy. What stories do bodies tell? And what do bodies know? In nuanced, even elegant studies of Paul's beaten and scarred body, slavery in early Christianity and Mary in childbirth, Glancy explores these provocative and largely neglected questions. Her attentions are by no means confined to antiquarian investigations, as she also explores contemporary questions about tortured and diseased bodies.

 

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