Professor of Theology Pheme Perkins takes a timely look at The World’s Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria by Michael Peppard in a review for America magazine. Peppard’s text offers a historical and theological reassessment of art and ritual in the oldest Christian building ever discovered, the house-church at Dura-Europos. Perkins is an author and scholar of the New Testament.
Theology Department doctoral student Nathaniel Peters reviews the award-winning book Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (translation by Lisa C. Hayden) for Commonweal magazine. Laurus, which has won two major Russian book prizes, has been listed in the company of such works as The Name of the Rose, Kristin Lavransdatter, The Diary of a Country Priest and Brideshead Revisited. Read the review.
Author and BC Professor of English Elizabeth Graver reviews the latest novel from award-winning writer Maggie O’Farrell for the New York Times. She writes that O’Farrell’s This Must Be the Place “though not without its fault lines, is marvelous, a contemporary and highly readable experiment whose ambitious structure both enacts and illuminates its central concern: what links and separates our 21st-century selves as we love, betray, blunder and soldier on (and back) through time.” Graver is the author of The End of the Point, The Honey Thief, and Awake, among other works.