|Graphic novel traces Bonhoeffer’s call to resist Hitler
Review by Shelley Crook
It is good to remind ourselves, in this season of waiting, who we’re waiting for. We’re waiting for the coming of our savior: our Jewish savior. While we tend — perhaps prefer — to think of Jesus as the first Christian, that’s an anachronism and a falsehood. Jesus was born a Jew, lived his life as a Jew and most definitely died a Jew. The fact of Jesus’s Jewishness is important, now more than ever.
Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Eleven people were killed, six injured, at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October. The New York Times recently ran an article titled “Is It Safe to Be Jewish in New York?” in which it reported that half of all hate crimes in the city this year have been anti-Semitic.
Given such events, “The Faithful Spy” is the perfect book to read this Advent. A graphic novel, beautifully rendered in a limited palette of red, brown, teal and white, the book details the life — and death — of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
|Exhibit provides encounter with beautiful, sacred Armenia
Reviewed by Pamela A. Lewis
“Armenia!”, now showing at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 13, explores the art and culture of the world’s first Christian nation.