Book Review Introduction: December 2023/January 2024

[1] As we enter the Christmas season, Diane Yeager reviews The Magi: Who They Were, How They’ve Been Remembered, and Why They Still Fascinate by Eric Vanden Eykel.  From the history of biblical interpretation to contemporary literature to the covers of Christmas cards, the Magi capture our imagination. Yeager’s review explores Vanden Eykel’s scholarship and concludes with her own intriguing hypothesis for the enduring lure of the Magi.

[2] Moving from the ancient to the modern, Sally Adee’s We Are Electric: Inside the 300-Year Hunt for our Body’s Bioelectric Code, and What the Future Holds discusses the history and developments of research in bioelectricity.  Mark Ellingsen’s review considers implications for Lutheran ethics and speculates about understanding Biblical stories of miracles in the context of the science of bioelectricity.

Nancy Arnison

Nancy Arnison is a lawyer, theologian and nonprofit executive and serves as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Lutheran Ethics.