“Outrageous!” the Christian minister cries. “How can you put such pagan filth in front of your seventh graders? How can you possibly justify placing such vivid disorder and sin in a school which prides itself on teaching children about Jesus?”

“Welcome to Holy Week,” I say. And then I borrow his Bible and begin reading from Genesis 22 . . .”

Suffering into Wisdom: Aeschylus, Abraham, Jesus, and Lent