In works like The Gnostic Gospels and Beyond Belief, Elaine Pagels has offered a fresh, fascinating perspective on the Bible and its place in history. With Revelations, she turns to the New Testament's most controversial book and finds a first century AD condemnation of Rome's decadence, as well as evidence of the early struggle to define who could and could not become a Christian.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.