From CT, a review of Old Testament Theology: Israel's Faith by John Goldingay; a review of The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter; and a review of Poets on the Psalms. From The New Yorker, a review of Judas: A Biography by Susan Gubar and The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot by Herbert Krosney. A review of Mary Magdalene: The Woman Whom Jesus Loved by Robin Griffith-Jones. George Scialabba reviews The Existential Jesus by John Carroll. From Cracked, a review of The Holy Bible. A review of The Bible and the People by Lori Anne Ferrell. A review of Flesh Made Word: Saints' Stories and the Western Imagination by Aviad Kleinberg. A review of Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker. A review of The Entity: Five Centuries Of Secret Vatican Espionage by Eric Frattini. The first chapter from Saving God: Religion after Idolatry by Mark Johnston. What does the Aquarian Gospel have to teach us about Christianity, New Age religion, and the birth of the culture wars? More on Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. God or country: A good, religiously tolerant nation is hard to find. The Jesus tree of Malta bears a striking resemblance to Christ on the cross.

From EIA, a review of On Global Order: Power, Values, and the Constitution of International Society by Andrew Hurrell; a review of Embedded Cosmopolitanism: Duties to Strangers and Enemies in a World of Dislocated Communities by Toni Erskine; and Joel Rosenthal on patriotism and cosmopolitanism. A review of The Global Commonwealth of Citizens: Toward Cosmopolitan Democracy by Daniele Archibugi. A review of Next Stop, Reloville: Life Inside America's New Rootless Professional Class by Peter T. Kilborn (and more). A review of Migration in History: Human Migration in Comparative Perspective. Under the influence: An article on the advent of the contested global commons. Revenge of the geographers: A look at the controversy over Robert Kaplan's view of the world. The micronation of Nimis is based around a nine story high illegally built tower, made of nailed together planks. Flags of forgotten countries: Don't just wave a black flag — consider your options. From FT, Pankaj Mishra reviews Gray’s Anatomy by John Gray, Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century by AC Grayling, and The Geopolitics of Emotion by Dominique Moisi; and a review of Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: What the Price of Oil Means for the Way We Live by Jeff Rubin.

The little red schoolhouse was the symbol for George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education policy — should this idealized American icon be left behind too? Can all-male high schools boost African-American boys' graduation rates? The introduction to Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? by Jack Buckley and Mark Schneider. A review of Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut by Chester E. Finn, Jr. Charisma is overrated: An interview with Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive of Teach for America. On average, master’s degrees in education bear no relation to student achievement; going forward schools will have to consider ways to better align compensation with classroom success. Brenda Watson argues that good intentions in the classroom have fostered a lazy and pernicious relativism. An article on the culture wars' new front: U.S. history classes in Texas. Forty-nine states have signed on to create national education standards, but will state-by-state implementation really work? From Education Review, a review essay on educational and psychological testing in the United States. Beauty before brains: An article on the links between physical attractiveness and grades. Textbooks have not gone the way of the scroll yet, but it will not be long before they are replaced by digital versions.

The lost art of reading: The relentless cacophony that is life in the 21st century can make settling in with a book difficult even for lifelong readers and those who are paid to do it. Julia Keller on the magical, mystical path linking book and reader. From The Second Pass, a list of ten books that will be pressed into your hands by ardent fans — resist these people. These days, poetry and commerce are rarely on good speaking terms, but in 1955, Marianne Moore, the famous American writer, tried to help Ford name one of its new creations. How about if all the cars and sports teams we name for fleet and powerful animals and cool sounding things that don't exist or mean anything are renamed for literary characters and authors. Amid all the dismal reports about the death of fiction, here's a refreshingly bold act of optimism: a new bimonthly magazine called Electric Literature. Whatever happened to that Anglo-American dialogue that Granta "in good conscience" no longer has time for? Golden age of Indian writing: How a new generation of writers is making waves in South Asia (including Roma Tearne, Aravind Adiga and Arundhati Roy). The power of dictator-lit: Turkmenistan's Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov is only the latest despot to commandeer the printed page.