The National Catholic Review

Books

  • February 2, 2015

    In the past 12 months, at least nine new books in English on the Ten Commandments have been published by Christian and Jewish writers, both biblical scholars and ethicists. One may wonder what makes the renowned biblical scholar and Harvard Old Testament/Hebrew Bible lecturer Michael D. Coogan’s The Ten Commandments different from others.

  • February 2, 2015

    As numerous books, films and television series in recent years have demonstrated, there is a fascination, both in the scholarly world and among the wider public, with the Tudor period of English history in general and perhaps with the Elizabethan era in particular.

  • February 2, 2015

    The old maxim states that you should never judge a book by its cover. But in the case of Sally Ninham’s Ten African Cardinals, the cover lends ample insight into the book’s content. On the front are four miniature snapshots from Africa, mostly of children. On the back cover is a giant image of Sally Ninham herself. Likewise, Ten African Cardinals provides considerable insight into Dr. Ninham’s personal encounter with Africa but considerably less...

  • January 19-26, 2015

    One need not be a Sister of Mercy to appreciate Women of Faith. Historian Mary Beth Frazer Connolly has done extensive archival work to bring to life the work of Mother Catherine McAuley’s “daughters” since their arrival in Chicago in 1846.

  • January 19-26, 2015

    Why should anyone bother to read 400 pages about the life and the career of a man who died 30 years ago, an unknown second-level officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, even if the book is well researched and well-written? Answering this question requires us to work out some prior questions. This is quite appropriate, since we are dealing with an agency whose stock in trade is the answering of questions, even if the answers are not provided to the general...

  • January 19-26, 2015

    Malcolm X’s ideological journey from the black separatist Nation of Islam to his standing as an independent activist, renewed by a sense of Islam as a global faith, animates this probing, readable book by Saladin Ambar, an assistant professor of political science at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

  • January 5-12, 2015

    This book begins with the personal testimony of an undergraduate student at a California college who, just a few weeks after learning that she was awarded a coveted scholarship she hoped would change her life and provide security for her Mexican family, received a sudden visit from U.S. immigration officials. They were prepared to arrest her and her father for illegal entry into the United States.

  • January 5-12, 2015

    What precisely happened to Margaret Reilly’s body throughout her brief adult life remains a mystery. A Roman Catholic nun, she was said to have received the bleeding wounds of Christ, the indelible image of a crucifix on her breast and terrible physical torments that evoked Jesus’ passion. These trials seemed to confer holiness on this New York City Irishwoman of modest origins. Reilly became a Good Shepherd sister in the early 1920s and lived at the order’s...

  • January 5-12, 2015

    Since 2003, when the renowned Anglican Scripture scholar N. T. Wright published the third volume (on the resurrection of Jesus) in his series “Christian Origins and the Question of God,” the biblical guild has eagerly awaited his fourth volume, on Pauline theology. The decade-long wait is attributable to at least two factors: 1) Wright, in addition to academic pursuits, served as bishop of Durham from 2003 to 2010; and 2) the volume on Paul extends to over 1,...

  • December 22-29, 2014

    When Pope Francis, during his recent visit to the Holy Land, spontaneously got out of his jeep in Bethlehem, touched his forehead to the security wall that separates Jews from Arabs and silently prayed for the suffering of Palestinian children, the gesture was widely seen as an expression of his love for humanity. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, was reportedly taken aback and asked the pope to visit a memorial to the Jewish victims of...