Anne rice, well-known author of many novels about vampires, has returned to the Roman Catholic Church and turned her writing energies to the subject of Jesus. I couldn’t help being intrigued. Perhaps there is a sense in which Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt is a response to years of battling with the undead. It’s the horror of death, after all, that Jesus came to overcome. And it’s in the very human physicality of Jesus, in all that is sacrament and sacramental, that evil and death are conquered.
Rice’s book has been publicized as drawing on the best in contemporary biblical scholarship. She has read broadly, and the scholars she refers to in her author’s note are ecumenical in scope.